The LAST Factory
A place for audiophiles to learn about the preservation of vintage media
The LAST Factory makes products that clean and preserve old media like vinyl records, magnetic tape and CDs/DVDs. Our preservation fluids actually change the structure of the media to harden it, or in the case of magnetic tape, provide a protective layer against deterioration by humidity.
Everyone is digging into their cherished record collections again, and firing up their old turntables. Vintage media is hot again, and for good reason. For decades many listeners have sworn by the clear sound that vinyl records produce. The music has more depth than today’s digital renditions. But you may have a lot of questions about the best way to preserve and maintain your vinyl (and tape and cds…), as well as your stylus and sound system. This website allows you to explore and learn all about it. Look at our forums where people ask our company owner Walter about anything from Edison wax cylinders to styrene and shellac records. Explore one of our latest entertaining questions, The Mystery of the Appearance of Hibernating Vinyl Crud.
What is the number one question we get?
“My bottle of your LAST product is really old, like more than 20 years old. How long do your products last?”
The answer is that all of our bottles of preservation and cleaning fluids are STILL GOOD. LAST products have not yet spoiled. We have samples that are now 38 years old with no measurable change or degradation. Just keep the bottle cap tight so it doesn’t evaporate.
Our products get great reviews by professional studios, audio magazines and audio websites.
‘Last Record Preservative – ‘There is no alternative here. Last record preservative, created, patented and sold by the Last company, changes the structure of the record at the molecular level when you apply it. (to a level of about 10 molecules deep they say, making it much harder) It is not a wax or coating as many people wrongly believe, but rather causes an organic chemical reaction whereupon it and the vinyl become one. As Art Linkletter used to say, “I heartily endorse this product”.’
– www.indiespinzone.com “How I Clean A Record”
For decades our products have been recommended by critics in high-end audio magazines.
“While I am on the subject, let me enthusiastically recommend the LAST products. Now that records are rarities, preservation is more important than ever. The LAST products work, and they improve the sound too. This was all covered years ago in TAS. Tam Henderson reviewed LAST enthusiastically in Issue 20 and Dave Wilson verified the improvements from Stylast by measurements in Issue 32. It’s still true, and the LAST people are still here. These are indispensable products for the vinyl listener.”
– Michael Fremer, Spring 1994, The Absolute Sound Magazine