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Garrard 301

Professional 3-Speed Idler-Drive Turntable

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Garrard 301


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  English

1st edition (1954) instruction/owners manual  English - gbleaves

2nd edition (1956) instruction/owners manual  English

6th edition (1961) instruction/owners manual  English

classic/se flyer  English

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Congratulations for the web. It's very good for the young lovers of vinyl.

sme 3009 series 1

Virtually no info on this on web saw one on ebay go for £620 i have one, is this the original prototype?

Garrard 301 Instruction Manual

Great to see such vital information is shared freely. I can now look at how to give my Garrad 301 a general service. Superb website and will most certainly visit again. Best regards Bruce.