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.
Summer sale: Free Digi-LAST CD/DVD Shields with purchase of CD/DVD Cleaner Treatment
Order the CD/DVD Cleaner and Treatment, and get a free package of 20 Digi-LAST Shields. These non-adhesive films cover the label side of the disc, and protect it from oxidation. While the printed label does provide some protection to the disc, it is very thin – less than the width of a human hair. Any accidental scratches will leave openings for moisture and oxygen to start corroding the disc. Digi-LAST shields are an easy way to protect your discs, especially if they are in storage as a backup for your digital files. Order here.
Heritage Box Kits are back
We continue our vintage revival with the boxed edition of LAST Record Preservative 2oz set. This product contains all the items of the regular 2oz Record Preservative set, but in the original 1983 leatherette box. Long-time fans of LAST products appreciate the return to our old packaging, so we expanded our Heritage line of products to the single 2oz bottle of Record Preservative.
Also available is our limited edition gift set which 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.
“In short, the sonic changes noted after treating a record with LAST are consistently and dramatically positive. To fully appreciate the effects mentioned, one only try LAST on one record, new or old, previously played or unplayed. Even on audio systems of moderate accuracy, the improvements are immediately and blatantly obvious.” -Len Hupp of Audio Horizons magazine
Long-time fans of LAST will remember our leatherette boxes. Many years ago we had to discontinue using these 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!
Thanks to Michael Valentine Studio…
for their recommendation of LAST Stylus Cleaner. We made their Essential Accessories list. M V Studio uses photography to promote great musicians, and conducts reviews on music and products.
Latest Forum Question is Solved
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. Read the resolution to one of our more 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
“A very revealing test for LAST is to treat only the first half of a record cut, and then while playing that cut, try to determine where the treated groove section ends, and the untreated portion beings – without looking at the position of the cartridge on the record cut. After trying this simple test and after having heard the effects of LAST on other discs, many audiophiles are able to detect whether a record has been treated with LAST, even though they have never listened to that record before.”
–Len Hupp, Spring 1981, Audio Horizons