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.
Vintage is back!
We have an exciting new product to announce. Well, not new, really, but vintage.
A happy accident at our warehouse has allowed us to offer this very limited edition gift set to our website customers. This set includes our popular LAST Record Preservative/Cleaner Kit in an original 1983 leatherette box, and a vintage LAST Coffee Cup. These are not reproductions. When our employees reorganized the warehouse they stumbled on 3 boxes of old promotional coffee cups. Manufactured in 1983 by Anchor Hocking (Lancaster Ohio), these milk glass pyrex cups were given out at trade shows.
Long-time fans of LAST will remember our leatherette holders. Many years ago we had to discontinue using these boxes because our bottle supplier stopped making the flat-sided amber glass model that fit into the compartments. After a fruitless search the company switched to the Boston Round bottle style, which was the wrong shape. But now the flat bottles are back in production, and there is much rejoicing at the Factory.
We have decided to pair our Last Cups with the Leatherette Kit and offer them as a gift set. Since there are only 75 cups this is a very limited edition product, and is only available for purchase here on our website. So put on a record, sip some coffee, and indulge in some serious ’80s nostalgia. And act soon, because when they are gone, they’re gone!
Latest Forum Question
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