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@JunamanLovely speakers.

My only comment is to be careful about minimising their exposure to the sun, which will effect their lovely finish over time.

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I recently joined the SF club DSC01191 by Rick Francis, on Flickr

This picture of my original setup might tempt you to the Sonus fabers!

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Thanks for the replies.  
 

TUI, if you are ever in Scotland with your duster, you are welcome to pop in!  

I think that is good advice re: sun exposure.  I will look into buying or making better covers which go to floor level and block UV light.  The SF covers leave a gap at the bottom and are quite a porous material.  Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos they are in front of full length windows and there isn’t really an alternative position in the room.

 My main concern is how to maintain the metal parts of the speakers which SF describe as their own alloy which provides extra stiffness for the speaker frame.  I haven’t touched them with anything apart from a lint-free cloth so far, but wonder if I should be using anything else.  I have noticed a tiny bit of tarnish at the base of one them.  I have considered experimenting with brasso or or car chrome cleaner, but wondered if anyone else out there owned any of the SF models with similar metal plates and could offer advice?

In the meantime, I have emailed SF in Italy to see what they recommend.

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I would be very careful (which you are), with what you polish the metal with.  I would just use one of those decent polishing cloths.

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Ok, here are the official cleaning instructions sent from Sonus Faber:

Cleaning guidelines:

1. Wooden parts:

a. For not persistent filth please use a clean microfiber cloth gently wet with water (better if distilled water)

b. For persistent filth please use a clean microfiber cloth gently wet with Cristalux or a similar cleaning product as per attached datasheet.

c. For speakers made by solid wood you can use straw oil to brighten them. Please put the product on a clean microfiber cloth, spread it on the cabinet and then use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess of product.

2. Metal parts:

a. Please use a clean microfiber cloth gently wet with Cristalux or a similar cleaning product as per attached datasheet.

3. Nickel coated metal parts:

a. For not persistent filth please use a clean microfiber cloth gently wet with Cristalux or a similar cleaning product as per attached datasheet.

b. For persistent filth please use a clean microfiber and a polish product (Dynared) as per attached datasheet or, for example, https://www.flitz.com/flitz-polish-liquid/

4. Leather/leatherette parts:

a. For not persistent filth please use a clean microfiber cloth gently wet with water (better if distilled water).

b. For any persistent filth we suggest to use a generic silicon spray, it must be waterproof, moldproof silicon lubricant. Please put it on a sponge and gently treat the loudspeaker parts (e.g. leather, driver suspension). Pay attention not to put it on the drivers’ cones that are made of paper fiber and would be damaged. As an example, please see: http://www.saratoga.it/it/prodotto/1/35-lubrificanti/442-sylicon-spray-u/ or https://wd40.co.uk/specialist/high-performance-silicone-lubricant/

5. Driver:

a. For the suspension, please use a silicon lubricant as suggested at section 4.b)

b. For the cone, please use a soft foam sponge, duly clean and dry

I also contacted Fine Sounds the UK distributor and Audio-philia in Edinburgh, a local dealer they put me in contact with. 

If you do a search you will see that the suggested Italian product Cristalux is not sold in the UK, even on E-bay.  Audiophilia have kindly agreed to order some for me at a price of £19.50.  They indicated they may over-order to hold some stock, so if anyone is interested in obtaining some, then I suggest you contact Carlo at Audio-philia.  Carlo also suggested Auto Glym Instant Show Shine for the high gloss wood of the Amati Futuras.  I have ordered a can off Amazon for £7.85.

Finally, I have ordered the Flitz polish liquid that Sonus Faber recommended.  Cost was £12 on E-bay.

Hope this is helpful for any other SF owners out there with similar high finish speakers.

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Fascinating, though I can’t help but think that ‘persistent filth’ is something auto-translated from Italian.  Hard to imagine a typical owner having a problem like that!

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Not persistent filth seems more likely.  Filth not being a word much associated with high-end hi-fi!

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last time i talked to an Italian about persistent filth he said it was his dream girl, no translation necessary.

regarding cleaning i just use a microfibre gently on everything and it works fine 

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I’ve just seen an advert on Facebook showing two additions to the recent Lumina range.  They’re bigger versions of the stand mount and floor standing models. They’re the II and V models. (I think 4 is bad luck in some regions!)

I think that means there are now four Hifi designs, plus a centre for AV use.  They have garnered some nice reviews but are by no means a luxury price, especially pleasing now they’re Italian made once more, after the not entirely great Venere range from the Far East. 

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