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Posted: May.09.06 at 10:41am | IP Logged Quote Greg

I am interested in investing in an ultrasonic cleaning system. I'm looking for input on the best place to purchase, and what can I expect to pay.

Can this system degrease the instrument prior to lacquering? I don't like the old barrel hot vapor degreasers, a major health hazard.

Any input on who uses these for what applications would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Posted: May.09.06 at 9:27pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Greg,

I've been researching them as well.  From the info I've gathered, the ones designed specifically for the type of work we do by Ultrasonic Power Corp are the way to go.  David Arata is the person to talk to there. He'd be a good place to start.

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Posted: May.10.06 at 12:09pm | IP Logged Quote Greg

Thanks Michelle!!!

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Posted: June.12.06 at 9:04pm | IP Logged Quote trumpet4u

Hi Greg:
I only do trumpets and found the ones from Ultrasonic Power Corp which are the best but too expensive for me. I purchased a Crest 2800HT Ultrasonic Cleaner. Use a fish filter to filter out the dirt anf use Chem Crest 35 to remove buffing compunds and degrease with a dawn rinse and then a water rinse. It works great for what I'm using it for; and it only cost about $1200. I also use Utra-Power 132-A from Ultasonic Power Corporation to clean the inside of the trumpets. Normally use these chemicals at 110 degrees and they do a great job. It has reduced the amount of time for hand ragging and prelacquer prep.
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Posted: June.19.07 at 4:51pm | IP Logged Quote dparker

Greg,

Ultrasonic will not work for a pre lacquer routine. Still will not be clean enough. Vapor degreaser still the best. Second best is a wipe down with solvent.

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Posted: June.29.07 at 4:36pm | IP Logged Quote dflory318

Greg

I am a student at Western Iowa Tech and we do have an ultrasonic cleaner there. It does work well to clean the instrument, but as Dan said, it does not work well as a de-greaser. Any time we are going to use it on an instrument, Rod will have us test a little piece of the instrument first to see if it will affect the laquer.
Another note, we are having a hard time finding a solution that we like. We started off by using the solution offered for the ultrasonic but found that the filters got clogged very easy and we had to replace them frequently. We have been experimenting with Simple Green and it seems to work a little better.

Hope this helps

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Posted: July.26.07 at 6:04pm | IP Logged Quote DaveWeiner

Ultrasonics can work as a pre-lacquer, but the methods and solutions that work are pricey and may even compete with your average every day cleaning. If you have a production lacquering shop, talk with UPC about using the right solution and rinsing (you need de-ionized water for a rinse). Anything less than full production lacquering, it's probably not worth it.
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Posted: January.20.09 at 2:50pm | IP Logged Quote niers1

I was reading one of the "reloader" sites about cleaning cartridges for reloading. The guy who wrote this particular piece tried everything under the sun. Finally,he got his best results with a 50/50 of distilled water and distilled vinegar; adding a few drops of any dishwashing liquid per 8 oz of water.
Have to say, while it doesn't do much for rust or oxidation, it does a pretty decent job on dirt,calcium,oil,rouge etc; and it's inexpensive.
I'd be interested in hearing about any "jungle juice" ideas anyone has used with success.
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