Showing posts with label Garrard 301. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garrard 301. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Garrard 301 TEST RESULTS

Published test results for the Garrard 301.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I don't often post ebay ads. This system is spectacular. If this was in a a bar or club the drinks were kept away from it.

I am have a bad case of retro lust here.... DAYUM!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 4 The Saga Ends

The Garrard 301 plinth is finally complete! 
Here is my friend Tim spraying the final coats of Satin clear. Tim also sprayed the final coats of BR Green.
If it wasn't for my friends Kenny and Tim the plinth would not look this good.
This is the best shot. The plinth has been wrapped in raw Walnut veneer and stained dark. The top has been painted British Racing Green. I thought it would go great with the cream Garrard deck.   
Hard for me to get a pic of the green. It looks much better in person. 
 Thank you Tim and Kenny for all of your help.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 3

 I have modified the original idea of a full veneer or full British racing green plinth. The new plan is BRG top with walnut veneer for the sides.
The inspiration is the 60's Jaguar E Type which is as iconic of Britain to the car world as the Garrard 301 is iconic of Britain to the audio world.
This is the third coat of paint the final two layers will be sprayed. I think I did 6 coats with sanding in between.

This is the final coat awaiting sanding and painting.
 I like the walnut natural as I did try dark stains but I like the transition between dark and light.

 Here are the thin veneer sheets I will be choosing between. 
 My friend Kenny talked me into veneering. The sheets are wavy so they will have to be soaked in veneer tamer softener and pressed for a few days. Then we will coat the backs with heat lock and also the sides of the plinth. Fortunately another friend Tim B is going to help apply the veneer. Once we get the veneer on Tim B is going to help trim the veneer and spray a couple layers of clear coat. I'm excited the way this is moving along. It will be nice to get one more project completed.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Garrard 301 BBC Hammertone Audio Grail Restorations

Audio Grail 301 restoration. Good info.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 2

The 301 is coming along great. Kenny did a superb job cutting the boards and helping with design. I spent Friday and Saturday gluing it together. Today I spent alot of time sanding. Lots of sanding. Could have used a belt sander.
 I used transformers for extra weight the heavy one is 700v 300ma. That is for a project down the road.. What stereo amp should I build with that? Enough for a Brook 12 clone?
 It did it in sections of three. Then did the 3 larger sections last.
One of my smart ass friends "huffer" left this on a scrap of wood I didn't find until I went looking for scraps. 
 I'm done sanding. Looks great. 
I'm thinking about Walnut veneer.
The 13ply is great!!
Could I wait for veneer..... Just had to give it a spin. Going to make some minor changes like adding a solid walnut tonearm mount.

Yes it is a little fast. I lost my magnets that I added to eddy break to get speed spot on.... Dang it.

Thanks again Kenny couldn't have gotten this far without your help.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 1

I've had this Garrard for a few years and it still works very well. I built this plinth in 45 minutes and it was supposed to be temporary but no I used it for many years.
This is the before pic.
 I met local Klipsch forum member Kenny this year. His woodworking skills are top notch. I was lamenting my lack of a proper plinth for this great table while we were listening to the Jubilees. A few emails later and he has offered to help me with the plinth. It is great to have generous forum members in town.
 He recommended some 13plly plywood so I picked up a sheet at a local supplier. 
This is a sheet of 13 ply ripped down to 21 x 18 inch pieces. Ten total with one used as a template. If we use 9 layers of 13 ply that is 117 ply layers... Dang...
 This was the most time consuming aspect of the plinth build but the rounded corners look spectacular.
 Here is where we stopped on Saturday. That is alot of progress in 4 hours.
 About two hours or so on Tuesday night and we have everything cut and tonearm placement is spot on.
 This has far exceeded my expectations.
Now I have homework.
Repeat as necessary.
Pick veneer.

Thank you Kenny for your time and help building this Garrard 301 plinth.
Top notch.

Part 2 to follow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Records Being Made In England 1960's

 5 minute video on the art of LP production in England.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BBC 301

The BBC heavily modified Garrard 301 decks. They took a beautiful simplistic turntable and do this to it....

More about them here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Garrard 301 Transcription Turntable Ad

Sorry about the aging and coloration. It is interesting that the 1930's paper aged better than the 1958 paper. I'm trying to find a way to restore these by color swapping but it isn't working very well. This is another cool Garrard Advert. The only way I'll part with my 301 is from my cold dead ears!

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Spins

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Garrard 301 Ads

This ad with test results is one of my favorite Garrard ads.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Garrard 301 1975 Service Bulletin

Courtesy of No.6435 Thank you so much for posting this bulletin. I wonder what they would think about the resurgence of idler drive turntables in 2010.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Paragon Garrard 301 and RTR Awesome Vintage Hi-Fi

I came across this killer ad pic while I was researching Garrard tonearms. This dude has one hip swinging bachelor pad.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BBC Hot Rod Garrard 301 from console

The BBC used lots of Garrard 301 turntables over the years. They probably knew more about the 301 than anyone. Here is an example with documentation of a 301 from a custom BBC console. This is the only documentation I have been able to find of the actual console. Their goal was to optimize performance and not looks. If anyone has additional documentation please let me know.

EDIT a couple more pictures found.