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L'Art du Son Record Cleaning Fluid
L'Art du Son Record Cleaning Fluid
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L'Art du Son is revolutionary record cleaning liquid developed after years of research by founder and analogue devotee Martina Schoener. It is consistently ranked as one of the best cleaning fluids available by the audio press and consumers alike.
Very economical. Concentrate makes up to 5 litres of cleaning fluid when added to ordinary distilled water.
Contains NO alcohol which can damage LP's.
Environmentally friendly formula components.
Non-toxic, anti-static formula and biodegradable.
Dramatic increase in dynamic contrasts from LP playback
Improved bass response
Vast improvement in overall soundstage clarity
Increased stage depth and sense of musical ease
Substantial reduction in LP noise floor resulting in improved clarity and instrumental definition
Increased LP longevity.
Even makes brand new records sound quieter and better.
Ideal for use with vacuum record cleaning machines
No harsh chemical smell.
Can be diluted in up to 5 litres of distilled water. However, it is recommended to mix smaller batches as the mixed solution will degrade over time. The
mix ratio is approximately 1:50
. So, this would be 20ml of concentrate to 1L of distilled water. The acceptable range is approximately 18-26ml of concentrate per litre of distilled water. This is equivalent to approx. 2/3 fluid oz per quart.
The amount made by one bottle of L’Art du Son will last many thousands of record cleanings. Distilled water is readily available in most grocery stores or pharmacies. Special extra pure deionized water is available from auto supply stores for refilling car batteries.
The concentrate lasts up to five years if it is kept cool and dark after opening it.
White particles can be present and are no indication of decay. They dissolve into smaller particles after shaking.
Visible particles are normal. Chemicals forming those visible particles are functional to the important chemical properties of the cleaning and antistatic process itself. They are visible in a water-based concentrate. In a mixed solution, grey fingernail-shaped particles however indicate the decomposition of the cleaning concentrate. It is still effective but at a lower degree and it will be ineffective soon. The grey color is a sign of bioactive organisms and other common microorganisms that start to biodegrade the ingredients. It is totally random if the mixed solution ever gets in contact with any organisms that start to live in the solution container one uses for storage. Both concentrate and solution decompose faster in plastic containers than in tinted glass.
Tips on using L'Art du Son
The L'Art du Son Record Cleaning Solution concentrate is shipped in a dark brown bottle because the ingredients are biodegradable. Although the potency will sustain several years of shelf life, the manufacturer recommends you keep the concentrate in a cool, dark place and not expose to sunlight or other bright light sources.
Shake the bottle of concentrate vigorously to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Mix one litre of solution at a time by measuring 20ml of concentrate for each litre of distilled water (or approx. 2/3 fluid oz per quart). Store the rest of the concentrate for future use.
Ideally store in a tinted bottle in a dark place. Brown bottles are generally available from a Pharmacist (generally the smaller family owned stores) or from chemical supply houses.
Transfer your mixed solution to a "spray bottle" for easy application on your record cleaning machine.
Shake the bottle of diluted fluid before using to remix the formula. Separation of chemicals can occur if the bottle is sitting for a long time.
Apply only enough fluid to completely wet the surface of the record, (not the label) to avoid spillage to the plinth of the record cleaning machine because of the centrifugal force of the spinning turntable. Use your record brush to make a smooth, wet coating on the grooves.
Allow the solution to work. Usually one minute (soak time) is adequate before using the vacuum to remove the dirty fluid.
If you spill liquid while applying to a record, this formula will not stain or discolor the parts of your machine.
For very dirty records repeat the cleaning process several times. Allow the grooves to soak for 2-4 minutes.
Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June 2005, #154
"...L'Art du Son, a record-cleaning fluid that really does sound different from the more conventional isopropyl-based cleaners. It contains no alcohol, is biodegradable, and can't hurt you, though I wouldn't advise drinking it! The conventional alcohol-based fluid deposited an electronic glaze over the sound, one particularly noticeable on the upper frequencies. This glaze increases the apparent 'definition' in the same way that most transistorized amplifiers do, and to these ears, emphasizes the electronic nature of the sound. With the L'Art du Son, that glaze is gone and just the music is left. I like this stuff! I couldn't imagine going back to the conventional cleaning fluids."
Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback
I strongly recommend L' Art du Son Record Cleaning Liquid. One bottle should last about three years for the typical audiophile. It’s the Tabasco equivalent for records - it perks them up and lasts until your spouse would prefer to make reservations than dinner.
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