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Garrard Type A

Fully-Automatic Idler-Drive Turntable

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Garrard Type A


The Garrard auto turntable type A has been designed to play records singly with transcription quality, at the same time having the advantage of being able to play a number of records automatically when desired.

It's styling is ultra modern and special attention has been given to detail, ensuring the best possible performance.

As the owner of a Garrard type A, you have a unit whose performance is supreme in it's class and rigorous laboratory checks have been applied to your unit to ensure that this high standard is maintained.


Type: automatic/manual play

Drive: idler drive

Speeds: 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm

Record sizes: 7", 10" and 12"


instruction/owners manual  English

mkI/II service manual  English - steve berens

mkII instruction/owners manual  English - jwscott


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Garrard Type A GC-8 stylus

I am trying to repair my Dynatron radiogram, which has a Garrard Type A turntable. The cartridge is a GC-8, with the 78 stylus missing, and the LP stylus needing replacing. I can buy them from Stylus Plus, they have the needle at one end, and a thick cylindrical post, on the opposite side, at the other. It looks as if this post should press into the cartridge but I cannot get the old ones out by pulling with tweezers. What should I be doing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Instruction Manual

This manual has much more information than the original manual I received when I purchased this turntable in June 1968.

Stiff Spindle

I have a Garrard Type A II and the spindle is stiff and spins very uneven causing the player to kick off. Does anyone know of a way to repair this table? or service the spindle? I put oil on it but it doesn't seem to be helping.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Replacing Stylus on my Garrard Type A

I know I have a replacement cartridge for my Type A but do not know how the wires go? any help would be great!! there are 4 plugs on the new cartridge and 4 wires brown, blue, black,and grey. on the cartridge there is B(8) 6 TS on one side and the other side is R and L can anyone help with wire placement?

Thank you

Garrard A turntable

Hi everyone,

I am new at this site and hope to hear some interesting stuff. I just got a vintage Garrard type A turntable. looks great, but the needle recently broke. I was wondering if anyone out there knows were I could order a new one.

Thank you for your help. Have a great day.

broken needle on Garrard Type A

You need to figure out what kind of cartridge you have. Release the little white lever on the outside of the phonograph arm by turning it so it points up, rather than toward the arm weight. This will release the plugin head from the arm. Pull out the plugin head and turn it upside down so you can see the cartridge. You should be able to determine the brand and the model number of the cartridge by looking at it. You may have to unscrew it from the head to see the markings. Once you know the brand and model of the cartridge, you should be able to go to a merchant such as Needle Doctor to buy your replacement stylus. You also have the option of Googling the cartridge brand and model to find a merchant who sells the replacement stylus. Garrards come equipped with all sorts of cartridges from inexpensive ceramic cartridges to expensive magnetic and moving coil cartridges, so it is difficult to know where to go until you know what brand and model of cartridge you have. I have seen all sorts of styli in them. If you know the brand and model of cartridge, I may be able to tell you where to find the replacement stylus. Needle Doctor is a good place to start. Good Luck!

manual for Garrard Type A

Thanks for the generous submission of the manual. I put my stereo system in storage in 99 when I retired and we began 7 years of full time RV travel all over the US. We settled back to our home two years ago and are now at the point of putting the stereo back together. We have a lot of vinyls and intend to put them on CDs. Your manual has been a great help in getting the critical item back in operation.