The Garrard 301 is considered the “one” to attain, the “Mac Daddy”, the king of turntables. For most it is the bench mark to measure all other turntables, they sound that good… food for thought; will the newest, greatest, turntable you are looking at be worth more or less than you paid for it in a few years? Thought so, the 301 that sold for hundreds in the 50’s & 60’s are selling for thousands today- they are an investment! On this particular oil bearing offering we went all out, the original paint was sand blasted, then the deck was sanded, the paint is a hammer tone silver/gray powder coat (very durable). The motor was taken apart, cleaned, and lubed (both top AND bottom bearings). The linkages were all stripped of the old toxic covering and they were sent to England for a new finish. All of the non-motor springs are new. It has a new bearing & the spindle was re-lubed. All electrical contacts were cleaned and work perfectly and it has a new twisted three wire power cable (the motor is now grounded). All of the control knobs are new. Ken Shindo said that particle board (MDF) robs these tables of dynamics, which is why he uses hard wood. This one has a solid walnut top that is almost one inch thick! The bottom is Baltic birch plywood, the base is solid hickory. This is a quiet, musical plinth with good mass. The platter sports an original Garrard 301 mat. but we suggest a new Funk Firm platter mat as well, judged to be the best mat for the money by me,see my platter mat shootout on the VE. (Funk mat show in some photos) Or we have a modified platter that has more mass, and or one of our lead/cork mats… both increase the definition quite a bit. (please use the contact form on the home page if interested) This 301 has a very special tonearm. It was made by Alfred Bokrand from an Ortofon AS-212 on which he has placed a 12″ wand. The workmanship is first class and it tracks like a dream. This model of Ortofon arm is known for its pivot set up- it has wonderful bearings, it has a two part counter weight that will allow for a SPU with built in transformer. The arms Alfred builds have silver plated copper internal wire which was a little to bright for my liking, that was replaced in this arm with my favorite… 1877 copper wire- it sounds sublime. Read about the arm build here. (shown with a SPU cartridge & headshell which does NOT come with the table. There is enough room on the top left of the plinth for a second arm if you ever wanted to add one. The table comes with a SPU headshell with the open front. We also have two SPU cartridges available, an SPU G without the transformer and a newer headshell, and an SP-15 with transformer and older headshell. These are available for this turntable at reasonable prices, please contact us if interested.) Plinth Dims: 22 1/2″ wide, 18 7/8″ deep, and 3 5/8″ tall (from the bottom of the feet to top of plinth, does not include deck, platter or mat)
Note: This turntable was hand built by someone that cares. It is not built by a machine and is not perfect- but then it is not $20K like the perfect ones; in my estimation, this table is a steal at this price.
Please visit the link above to see this unit playing and the platter mat shootout.
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Re: Garrard 301 with Ortofon 12″ arm; On Sale Now
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