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Ultrasonic Music Instrument Cleaning Systems


Ultrasonic Power Corporation’s ultrasonic music cleaner quickly cleans brass instruments and woodwinds in only 2 to 4 minutes using water-based detergents. Our ultrasonic musical instrument cleaner performs better, faster, and safer, and this cleaning device is capable of cleaning brass, nickel, silverplate, clarinet keys, and plastic. We even have an ultrasonic brass cleaner large enough to clean tubas. See how easy it is with our musical ultrasonic cleaning guide.

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Why Use an Ultrasonic Musical Instrument Cleaner?

Want to ensure you get a thorough clean and prolong the life of your instrument? When using traditional cleaning methods, it’s nearly impossible to get to every crevice of the instrument, meaning dirt and grime will continue to build up in those areas. This can lead to subpar performance and shorten the lifespan of the instrument.

Ultrasonic cleaning involves fully submerging the instrument in cleaning fluid, allowing the ultrasonic force to reach every part of the instrument's surface, inside and out. The drying process avoids the risk of corrosion so the instrument stays in top shape for longer.

Ultrasonic cleaners are safe to use, even for many delicate components, and avoids the use of harsh chemicals. Indeed, our specially-formulated, mildly acidic UP 132-B detergent is ideal for brass instruments and can remove oxidation, calcium, grease, and other deposits. The best part? Ultrasonic cleaning is much quicker than hand cleaning so the instrument is only out of use for a short period of time.

Why Choose a UPCorp Ultrasonic Instrument Cleaner?

Every UPCorp ultrasonic musical instrument repair cleaner is designed and manufactured in the USA with precision craftsmanship. The superior quality of materials ensures that these highly-efficient cleaning machines will always meet your needs for a pristine clean no matter how big or small!

Our Vibra-bar® transducers provide you with simultaneous multi-frequency capabilities for improved cleaning, thanks to the 4kHz variable sweep hotspots and dead zones are eliminated. Tanks are constructed from stainless steel making these units durable enough to last through years upon years of trouble-free use.

Units are equipped with industrial locking casters, adjustable output power controls, built-in low-level liquid protection, and other features aiding in ease of use. Multiple size options mean we’re sure to have a unit that’s ideal for your needs. Ready to find out which model is the best fit? Contact us today to find out more.

Cleaning Examples

Will this equipment replace my chemical clean acids and/or my trichloroethylene & perchloroethylene degreaser?

Yes, these ultrasonic music instrument cleaning systems replace vapor degreasing and the need for "chem-clean" chemicals. Ultrasonic cleaning provides a more thoroughly cleaned instrument and utilizes environmentally friendly detergents.

What detergent do you use in this equipment?

We recommend our Ultra-Power 132B® concentrate at approximately 1-2 oz. per gallon.

How long does a brass instrument ultrasonic cleaner last?

Our systems are built with the highest quality to last for years. On top of that, we have the best warranty in the industry.

One of our valued customers has a 90 gallon base model sonic cleaner that is 11 years old and cleaned 10,900 instruments.

How many instruments can be cleaned before changing detergent?

Use a ratio of one gallon of 132B to 70 gallons of water. This solution ratio lasts for about 100 instruments with a running time per instrument of 3 minutes.

Do you recommend pre-cleaning instruments before ultrasonic cleaning?

While not required we reccomend pre-cleaning and degrease the instruments before running it in the sonic cleaner.

a. Pre-cleaning and degreasing helps the solution last longer.

b. Pre-cleaning and degreasing speeds up the cleaning process and produces a more thorough clean.

What is the basic cleaning process and how long does it take?

The basic process is as follows:
Submerse the instrument in the ultrasonic cleaner for approximately 2-5 minutes at approximately 100 F. Thoroughly rinse the instrument in 100 F clean rinse water.

How do you protect lacquered instruments before ultrasonic cleaning?

a. Keep the temperature below 100 Degrees Fahrenheit.

b. Don’t let the instruments sit in solution after the 3 minute cycle.

c. If the lacquer gets cloudy after cleaning, you can use a heat gun to remove moisture from underneath the lacquer.

Can you use sonics on silver plated instruments?

We have had success sonically cleaning silver plated instruments

Do extra dirty instruments require a second cleaning?

Based on the 3 to 5 minute cleaning cycle, extra dirty instruments might require a second scrubbing and a second sonic cleaning cycle. 

Will a trombone fit in the 39 gallon size unit?

The 39 gallon unit is 18" x 32". A disassembled trombone will fit in this unit diagonally. The unit will also handle a Baritone. Larger tanks and custom sized tanks are available.

Can this system un-stick a tuning slide and how do I clean small parts?

Yes, frozen tuning slides that are stuck can usually be freed by filling the horn with the cleaning detergent and then immersing the horn in the ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes. Small components can be cleaned "double-boiler" fashion by floating a small container with alkaline detergent in the larger ultrasonic bath. The ultrasonic action will transfer through the container. Stainless steel bowls work nicely for double boilers.

Are there any disposal issues?

Generally speaking, there are no special disposal requirements. Some localities may require that you add soda ash to neutralize the acidity prior to disposing down the sewer lines. If there are any questions, check with your local municipality.

Is any ventilation required?

If the unit is used in a small, confined area, ventilation similar to a kitchen exhaust fan may be used but is not required. This system does not create dangerous fumes and is very environmentally friendly.

Can you assist me with financing the purchase of a unit?

We work with several leasing companies and can assist you in finding one. We do not lease directly but, have facilitated many customer's purchasing needs.