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The Garrard SL95B - was it junk?

Postby Foxhound » 05 Feb 2009 19:12

The first turntable I ever bought was a Garrard SL95B in the early 1970s. It was either going to be that or the Dual 1219 and I went with the Garrard.

It seems to me though that the SL95B has not withstood the test of time very well. It's not one of those "prized" vintage turntables as far as I can see. Was my Garrard SL95B truly a piece of junk therefore?

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Postby Chambi95 » 06 Feb 2009 11:37

SL95 B was a good machine, Garrard said "transcription", it is not false.
Maybe not so nice than LAB80, but if it was correctly re-lub, it works well.
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Postby timspell » 18 Feb 2009 04:55

It's a great-working and good-looking machine. Mine runs fine.
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not junk by any stretch

Postby stickershock » 28 Apr 2009 02:03

Look.... don't throw around the term "junk" when in this day and age most everything you buy is JUNK, ie disposible or otherwise.

And by any stretch do not EVER think the SL95B was or is JUNK. You could do a whole lot worse then or now.

I bought mine at a high end audiophile shop second hand in the late sixties, 1960's that is. I have never regreted the purchase and had a collector to my home by a Dynaco amp who marveled and drooled over my wonderful wood based SL95B. This was a fellow who knew his stuff.

I am playing the Garrard right now, and while it currently takes a few minutes to warm up to speed, it still is my pride and joy.

Hope this answers your question. You made the right choice getting the Garrard. Dual? so what.
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Postby Foxhound » 01 Apr 2010 18:06

I'm not the one who thinks it was junk. I had years of pleasure from mine between the time I bought it in 1974 to when I finally replaced it with a Thorens TD240 in 2008. The only thing that didn't work on it anymore was the auto-start mechanism.

But I've often seen the Garrard turntable line from the late sixties derided as lightweight plastic junk.

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Postby emd-253 » 01 Apr 2010 22:52

Foxhound wrote:I'm not the one who thinks it was junk. I had years of pleasure from mine between the time I bought it in 1974 to when I finally replaced it with a Thorens TD240 in 2008. The only thing that didn't work on it anymore was the auto-start mechanism.

But I've often seen the Garrard turntable line from the late sixties derided as lightweight plastic junk.

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Compared with the 301, 401, 100 the plastic tables are insubstantial in build and sound quality. Not junk so much as mass produced to a price.
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Postby aardvarkash10 » 02 Apr 2010 09:49

perhaps, but the SL95B is not plastic - or at least not the tt itself. Its genuine recycled Birmingham steel. Mine is in a timber plinth apparently from new.

My zero 100 is in a plastic plinth - depressing.
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Postby Vox T » 02 Apr 2010 17:04

Please send the turntable to me. PM me for my address.
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Postby timspell » 03 Apr 2010 02:58

But I've often seen the Garrard turntable line from the late sixties derided as lightweight plastic junk.


Garrard did start making some trade-offs during that era and the longevity of the 95B's auto cycle is questionable, but compared to most mainstream turntables that followed, it's a Sherman tank. My still looks and plays great.

The Dual 1219 you mentioned is especially well-built, and Dual, like Garrard, later started cutting corners.
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Postby Foxhound » 06 Apr 2010 17:18

Right now my SL95B has a Shure M91ED magnetic cartridge. The M91ED was a highly recommended cartridge in the early seventies but I guess it's not so highly regarded anymore. It doesn't sound as good as my Thorens TD 240 turntable with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge.

What's the best moving magnet cartridge my Garrard SL95B can handle? Could I go with an Ortofon 2M Black or Brown cartridge? Should I stick with a Shure cartridge?

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