I'm not sure if I should post this here or not, I'm new and still getting used to how things work around here. To get your brass hardware shining like new simply use a double layered gold jewelry buffing cloth. You can buy them at any jewelry store. One layer of the cloth is used to buff and the other layer is used to shine. My MC speedy 30 shines like brand new and it is almost 3 years old! I just thought this little bit of info might come in handy for some of you.