josephazannieri wrote:Wow!!!! You have scored stuff that would sell for a couple of grand on Ebay, for almost nothing. It's a gift. I had one of those many years ago. I got an EV Georgian and a Fisher 500C from the local YMCA for a $20.00 donation. It's a once in a lifetime score. Congratulations!!!
If I were in your shoes, I would figure out what kind of cartridge it has and get a replacement stylus for it. It'll probably track in the the 2-3 grams range, just based on the fact that it's an old Garrard arm. You should be able to remove the plugin headshell and get a look at it. You will need a stylus pressure gauge, which can be purchased from Needledoctor or other sources. I don't think that arm (Looks like a Garrard TPA 10 or TPA 12) has antiskate.
Your issues with the onoff switch can probably be cured if you get the turntable off of the unit. Take off the mat, then lift the edges of the turntable until you feel the top of the bearing travel. Thump the spindle with a rubber mallet, or you can use a regular hammer and a wood block. Don't use a metal hammer to hit the spindle. Take the tuntable off and put it out of the way somewhere. You can now turn the unit upside down. You will see that there is a little lock mechanism that holds the switch arm in position. This locking mechanism should be held in place by a long fine spring. You may have to lubricate the mechanism or clean it so that it works easily and holds the turntable switch in the "on" position. You will see when you get under this thing that there may be a lot of cleaning and lubrication necessary. When you work on the underside, if you are cleaning stuff, wear rubber gloves. I have heard that the so- appearing "bare metal" parts are cadmium plated, and that the cadmium can be poisonous, so be careful. There is a pretty good copy of the manual for the 301 on this website. The manual will tell you what to lubricate. This one might be either a grease bearing or an oil bearing job, so you will have to determine that, and lubricate the spindle with the appropriate lubricant.
Check the idler wheel to be sure that it is in decent shape. It should spin evenly, and it shouldn't thump. Put a strobe on the TT and see if it runs up to speed. Strobe discs are available on this website. You will find all sorts of threads here describing ancient cabalistic Garrard rituals. These will assist you. For me, half the pleasure in owning this kind of stuff is working on it.
As for those old EV speakers. just listen and be sure that all the components, woofer, tweeter and midrange, are all working. Also, be sure that the Scott is working all right. As I remember, those things got pretty hot. Welcome among the ancient stereo Illuminati, from an old constructor!
Thanks it was a very lucky day! I am very appreciative to the stereo gods.
I drop into these thrift stores once every couple months and usually come out empty handed. The owner of the thrift store took my cell number just in case he finds anything at the estate sales or auctions
. Wow fisher and a georgian for $20. I've seen a georgian but never heard one.
The cartridge is a Shure M44E with the initials L J. I haven't found any information on it but it has exactly 260 hours according to the timer. In my stash I have another older Garrard headshell with needle but haven't researched it. I haven't used a proper table before just toys. The arm is a TPA-12. I have an old house with bouncey floors and so far the 301 has not skipped once. This is a record for a TT in my house.
I found this in the console that came with everything installed. Never used one before but it looks straightforward. Will this work or should I get a newer one. I thought it was a weed scale LOL.
I know it is a schedule two but already forgot which lube it needs. I'm going to take it nice and slow with the cleaning. I'll definately wear gloves!!
The Scott is going to NOSValves.com for a rebuild even though it was serviced in 1974 to the tune of $200. The previous owner left documentation. The EV have a nice mellow vintage sound. This is my first 3way single driver and it is interesting. Strange with the tweeter mounted in the middle of a 12 inch driver.
I have listened to the EV, Scott, and Garrard. I found a vintage record persuasive percussion vol2. The system can't compare to my Khorns or jubilee's but it has its charms.
Thank you very much for the advice and encouragement.