L’Art du Son LP Vinyl Cleaning Fluid
Environmentally friendly formula components. Non-toxic, non-alcohol anti-static formula. Biodegradable.
Record cleaning fluid from Germany with a French name—sounds good to me! As an audiophile snob, I like the idea of taking care of my treasured LPs with L’Art du Son Professional Audio Record Cleaning Liquid. The fluid, which is imported by Classic Records, is supplied as a concentrate that makes a gallon of cleaner when mixed with distilled water. I think it can be stretched to beyond one gallon, so let’s at least one gallon. The little bottle of concentrate is $45, so it’s not exactly cheap, but other high-end solutions are as high as $179 per quart! This fluid is as effective as any record cleaner I’ve tried in my VPI 16.5, including my own brew. It also provides a bonus by counteracting the effects of lesser cleaning solutions used in the past and by rejuvenating the dynamics of your LPs.
I tried L’Art on all kinds of LPs, new and old, classic and newly remastered. It worked well every time. It does not appear critical that one use distilled water, though I did. It states in the instructions to shake well, but don’t get carried away, because the non-alcohol cleaner bubbles up. It applied to the record without fuss and was removed quickly.
The home brew I’ve used for years contains alcohol. I cleaned successive records on one side with my brew and the other with L’Art, and L’Art won every time! How, you ask?? The L’Art makes records sound more dynamic and airy. The alcohol-based fluid sounded clean, but constricted and sort of flat. I panicked, but thankfully I had been remiss in the frequency with which I washed my LPs. I quickly used the L’Art on the sides I had treated with the alcohol blend and they seemed to improve. Time will tell, but I am retiring the home brew for L’Art.
The fluid improved the sound of older LPs. I had not cleaned them recently, and L’Art performed exactly as I’d hoped. At $100 for great used LPs and $33 for new ones, I didn’t want to accidentally ruin any. I recently acquired a 45 rpm Louis Armstrong test pressing from Classic Records, and used it as a test. I cleaned half with L’Art, the other half was not cleaned. The cleaned side was quieter and more dynamic. The mids were improved, with increased definition and more palpable musical textures. Even 200-gram virgin vinyl sounded better with L’Art. An occasional wet wash is the ONLY way to assure that you get optimum LP playback.
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.Robert H. Levi
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The premiere product from L’Art du Son is a new and revolutionary record cleaning solution developed after years of research by founder and analog devotee Martina Schoener.
The cleaning fluid features:
Very economical. Concentrate makes up to 4 quarts of cleaning fluid when added to ordinary distilled water.
Contains NO alcohol which can damage Lp’s.
Use of Environmentally friendly formula components.
Non-toxic, anti-static formula. Biodegradeable.
Dramatic increase in dynamic contrasts from Lp playback
Improved bass response from Lp playback
Vast improvement in overall soundstage clarity from Lp playback
Increased stage depth and sense of musical ease from Lp playback
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.
No harsh chemical smell. Almost smells like a soft perfume in concentrate form. Even less odor when diluted.
Imported from Germany, Made for Loricraft Audio.
When properly diluted in one gallon of distilled water the cost is about $13.75 per quart of solution. This amount will last many thousands of record cleanings. Distilled water is readily available in most grocery stores or pharmacies for less than a dollar per gallon. Special extra pure deionized water is available from auto supply stores for refilling car batteries.
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 biodegradeable. 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. There are two ways to protect the potency:
Shake the bottle of concentrate vigerously to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Mix a quart of solution at a time by measuring 1/4 the amount of the concentrate for each quart of distilled water. Store the rest of the concentrate for future use.
Make 4 quarts (or 5 litres, if you like that measurement) from the concentrate and store the unused bottles in a dark, cool closet. 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 “spay 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 centrifical 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.