Automatic Record Changer
The Garrard model RC88/4 record changer will play automatically any number of records up to eight, of any of the following types at each loading: 10 or 12" at 78rpm, 7,10 or 12" at 33.33rpm and 7" at 45rpm.
Seven inch records with large centre holes may be played using the large record spindle type LRS3, available as an optional extra, or with centre hole clip in adaptors, available at record stores.
Records may also be played manually.
Type: auto record changer
Drive system: idler wheel
Speeds: 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm
Voltage: suitable for use on either 100/130 volts or 200/250 volts AC, 50 or 60Hz according to the motor pulley fitted
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This 4 speed Garrard RC88 was the one to have in the mid1950"™s. It was replaced and upgraded by the superior Laboratory A in the very early 1960"™s. Its glory lies in its changer mechanism which babies 78RPM records. In a standard spindle type changer the center hole in heavy 78rpms are easily gouged out. Since it pushes from the side this damage does not happen. Pulling the center spindle out when the stack is finished makes removing them much easier than other changers. Vintage 45s play well on it too with the optional 45 adapter. It is built like a tank and even though mine is over 50 years old runs like new. I would not recommend it for any vinyl beyond 1960, but if you like to stack vintage 78s or early mono LP and use a triple play GE RPX or VRII cart like I do, this TT will truly perform. Some later ones came with a stereo cart and wiring, but the spring loaded tone arm will become progressively heavier with each record, and even Garrard warned against stacking more than a few stereo records because of this. All in all an excellent TT for its day. It has the looks and the sounds for that room you have converted to that fabulous 50"™s look.
5/10 by Phonofilia1
Most people today associate the Garrard name with the crappy plastic junk of the mid to late 70's, but those were not made by the original Garrard corporation that produced these masterpieces. These wonderful old workhorses are still going strong since the mid 1950s. They were THE audiofile turntable to get back then. They were built of all steel like tanks and made to last, still they were very sensitive and with the push from the side changer mechanism babied 78'd and early mono LPs of their day. The ones that were not sent to the scrap heap due to obsolescence or badly abused are usually still running great today after almost 60 years and are highly prized. It is important to bear clearly in mind however, that they were not designed for the needs of current vinyl standards and should not be used for those, but for vintage mono records they can not be beat, especially if used in conjunction with a GE RPX or VRII cartridge. The upgrade to this TT is the later stereo era Garrard Lab A series which is much more friendly to stereo vinyl if used with a stereo cart. All in all the RC 88/4 is one of the best for it's time for records of it's time and we all know records sound best when played on equipment they were designed to be played on.
10/10 by historian1