Professional 3-speed Idler-drive turntable
The Garrard model 301 transcription motor is the culmination of over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of high quality gramophone equipment. The motor unit has been designed to provide the professional user and quality enthusiast with a unit supreme in it's class.
The model 301 transcription motor has three controls, the speed range knob on the right hand side, speed adjusting control in the centre and the on-off knob on the left hand side.
It has extremely low wow and flutter content, rumble being almost non-existent. Each of the three speeds is adjustable by means of a knob which operates a specially designed eddy current brake to enable precise speed to be obtained.
Great attention has been given to details appreciated by the connoisseur, such as a suppressor unit to avoid switch clicks, a heavy turntable die-cast in aluminium and accurately balanced, a robust hardened and super finished turntable spindle, a fully retracting intermediate wheel and a brake to reduce the free revolutions of the turntable on switching off.
The unit is supplied complete with stroboscope, record adaptor for 7" large hole records and clip, a bottle of special oil, all fixing screws, set of spring suspensions, template, manual and test report.
Platter: 12" diameter die-cast aluminium fitted with rubber mat
Unit plate: die-cast aluminium
Motor: shaded pole induction motor in heavy cast casing suspended on six tensioned springs
Voltage: dual range 100 to 130 and 200 to 250 volts
Frequency: 50 or 60 cycles according to motor pulley fitted
Consumption: 16 watts
Wow: less than 0.2%
Flutter: less than 0.05%
Rumble: almost non existent
Speed range: 33 to 34, 44 to 46 and 76 to 80 rpm
Finish: high quality broken enamel with black accessories
Weight: 16 Lbs nett
test results (en) - J.S
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Garrard Idler Drive Turntables
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This was the first high class turntable i had chance to own, very good performance, but compared with good belt drives slightly noisey mechanicaly. now fetch stupid money far beyond there worth. I changed my 301 for a 401 but found no audible difference. note this was through Ditton 66 speakers. from there i went belt drive with a Skan Dyna turntable with ortofon arm. not much heared about these nowadays but it out performed both the 301 & 401.
8/10 by desertdog
Also my first 'real' turntable. Very nice but rumble was a tiny problem. Until I got my first SP10...
8/10 by russellswanborough