LM77, anticondensation for recorders
This is a silicone technology based
treatment which prevents condensation to degrade the recorder spelling.
The treatment procedure is to instill
the product in the windway of the recorder, and let dry for about ten
minutes. The alcohol vaporizes, leaving a very thin film which allows the
condensation to migrate outside of the windway.
LM77 is a less demanding process in
terms of maintenance. LM56 is a treatment whose execution is technically out
of reach of the user. It is not possible to renovate the treatment at home.
I understand this can be seen as a large drawback. The new LM77 process can
be restored very simply by instilling a few drops of liquid in the windway
of the recorder, without removing the block.
What is the difference beetween
LM77 and other anticondens and traditional detergents?
Traditional products are mixtures of
detergent and water, simplistic formulas whose effectiveness is therefore
limited. Leaching created by the water flux in the windway quickly reduces
the effectiveness of treatment. LM77 is a more complex formula that forms a
film of extreme delicacy that will withstand much more sustainably to
leaching. As for mixtures "home" based detergents, they contain fragrances
and unnecessary unpleasant products.
Is LM77 harmful or toxic?
LM77 is based on 95° alcohol, which is
not hazardous, but wich should be handled with the precautions suggested by
common sense: do not drink, do not instill in the eye, keep out of reach of
young children ... So, it is better to respect the treatment procedure, and
in particular to let the alcohol evaporate completely before using the
I have an LM56 recorder. Is the
new LM77 treatment compatible?
LM77 can be used on LM56 recorders. If
you own a LM56 recorder and you do not want to return to the workshop to
renovate the treatment, it is advisable in this case to use LM77.
LM77 is relatively expensive. Can
I continue to use traditional detergents anticondens and alternate with
One bottle should offer at least one
year of use, this according to your needs and the type of treated flute. The
cost therefore amortizes over time, and should not be a burden on the long
term. You can use alternately another product in case of necessity, but this
is not advisable because of the lower persistence of standard formulas.
Can all recorders enjoy LM77?
Yes. Whether plastic, wood or resin, or
standard LM56, all instruments can be treated with this product. However, it
should be noted that the alcohol contained in LM77 can discolor some woods
like rosewood, blackwood, or tinted recorders. It is therefore imperative to
avoid drips on the outside of the instrument during the application.
Where can I buy it ?
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