The LM-56 Anti-condensation
What is LM-56 ?
This is a silicone technology based treatment which prevents
condensation to degrade the recorder spelling.
Is this toxic ?
No. The components are present in very small quantity, and approved by the Federal Drug
Administration, which is one of the most restrictive certification agency in the
world. Additionally, the user is not in contact with the treated surface which
is encapsulated shelter in the windway.
How does it work ?
The water does not stay in the windway, it is expelled by
Will LM-56 last long ?
The average lifespan is more than one year. Dirt, saliva, food
scraps, soaps, could degrade the effectiveness of the method.
What are the benefits ?
The recorder stays much more dry, the voicing setting is more stable, and
the lifespan of the instrument is increased.
The instrument is playable at any time, without any need to
warm especially the windway.
What are the drawbacks ?
LM-56 is extraordinarily effective as long as the
treatment is not altered. However, if degraded, even slightly, the recorder may
become unplayable. It is in this case necessary to return the instrument to the
workshop to renew it. It is indeed not possible to renovate the treatment at
home, because the hardware and technic involved in this process are beyond the
reach of the user. As all very technical and top range devices, the LM-56
recorders need regular maintenance. In all cases, it is expected to return the
instrument to the workshop at least every two years.
What specific maintenance advices are appliable to
LM-56 recorders ?
Can all recorders be treated by LM-56?
The LM-56 has been formulated for recorders made of resin.
This method is not applicable to wooden instruments. The "standard"
Bernolin resin recorders may be further processed if necessary.
Do I need the LM-56? How to decide?
The latest generation Bernolin resin recorders are already
especially resistant to condensation problems. A standard flute is absolutely
suitable for normal use. The LM-56 recorders are intended especially for
students of professional classes who may seek their instrument several hours a
day. These flutes may intereste teachers who need an instrument that supports
alternate playing and stopping phases. Finally, they may be usefull to the
concert performers who play sometimes in severe conditions of temperature and