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In Memoriam: Walter Davies 1937 – 2020

Walter E. Davies, In Memorium

Friends, Loyal Customers, Curious Passersby, it is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of Walter Davies, the remaining founder of The LAST Factory. Walter dedicated over 40 years, on top of more years with his own audio store, to create this resource. While many of you know of the unique, research-based hands-on company that his perseverance created, a few of you also know just what an amazing, talented, friendly gentleman he was. One of those rare people who could be passionate without being angry, be loyal without being biased, be expert without being overbearing. He was kind in all things and accomplished at many. Each of us wears many hats in a day and more in a life, and Walter excelled at the full range from husband and father to artist and scientist, dedicated to, supportive of and supported by his wonderful wife Nan and blessed by his children Bryn and Wally. 

I first met Walter through his work as a large format photographer and as a patron of the local theater. Though not his usual instrument, in a unique symphonic performance I recall him playing his assigned instrument with all dedication and seriousness, even though it was a vacuum cleaner. The two flutes carved into the front door of their home were a tribute to his and Nan’s more serious musical interests.

The LAST Factory will carry on because of the careful foundation he laid, but not a day goes by when I don’t wish for a moment of Walter’s insight, his encyclopedic industry knowledge, or his friendly counsel. We will all miss him terribly.

-Jeff, Christine, and Moe

Read the obituary for Walter Davies

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Applying Last Tape Preservative to Reel-to-Reel Tape

How to apply Last Tape Preservative to Reel-to-Reel Tape

Watch this video on how to apply Last Tape Preservative to reel-to-reel tape. If you have older tape, you probably should dehydrate it first. See advice on how to do that here: (How and why should I dehydrate my tapes?). In this video, Jeff shows how to use the tape deck to apply Tape Preservative evenly over the entire tape. Your bottle should last about 60 applications.

Moisture and oxidation are the top causes of tape degradation. They damage the binder of the tape, which is made of acetate or polyester. LAST Tape Preservative stops that deterioration and stabilizes the binder. It also dramatically reduces the friction at the tape/head interface.

LAST Tape Preservative has many benefits. It significantly reduces data loss from magnetic tape, and protects the tape binder from deterioration by humidity. The smoother tape action extends the life of the heads and guides. Last Tape Preservative reduces tape wear and distortion, as well as tape abrasiveness and scrape flutter.

After treatment, you will notice improved playback performance and high frequency response. The S:N ratio will increase, resulting in clearer music. With the protective properties of Tape Preservative, your tape will last up to 10 times longer.

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The LAST Stand – A Platform for Cleaning Records

The Last Stand - how to make your own vinyl record platform for cleaning

Keep your vinyl record safe and dust-free by elevating it during cleaning

One of the problems of cleaning a record is that after you clean one side, you must reverse the record and set it down on a surface to clean the other side. Meanwhile, that annoying stray speck of dirt or dust on your record jacket or towel will get stuck to your record. A good solution is to use The LAST Stand. This device elevates your record so that nothing will touch the grooves after you’ve cleaned them. This video shows the easy cleaning process.

How to Clean Vinyl Records

 

DIY – Make The LAST Stand Yourself

It’s easy to make a stand for your own use. All you need is a trip to the home improvement store for about $10.00 worth of parts, and you’ll have the parts to drill and assemble the stand.