Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

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Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by teddytejero » 15 Nov 2019 16:49

I was given a Garrard 301 turntable from an attick find. Mint condition sn 37K so 1962 i think.
I have about 3 Tb of digital audio files ... flac, ape, wav , ... you name it. But I don't own a single LP :-)))
The Garrard is a piece of audio gear to fall in love with. There was a nice manuel to it and a lot of shure cells. Started with replacing the idler wheel and springs .... new mineral oil ... works like a charm. But the old Leak pivot arm is redundant. Bit upset by the high prices of SME tone arms upon advised. I'm currently looking at audiomods six and live origin silver 12" tonemarms. Pls advise ... offers appreciated.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by teddytejero » 15 Nov 2019 19:12

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by nat » 18 Nov 2019 23:44

Wow.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by billshurv » 19 Nov 2019 00:10

You've got something that's worth a few € there. But to do it justice you will need to spend quite a lot. Is this a rabbit hole you want to go down?

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by Alec124c41 » 19 Nov 2019 04:41

The danger is that you might end up abandoning your digital stuff. ;)
Jelco also does nice arms.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by abs1 » 19 Nov 2019 19:06

The 301, like a few old TOTL idler 'tables, is addicting. If you catch the bug like I did you'll wind up perfecting the 301 every way you can and eventually losing interest in digital. I haven't listened to any of the thousand or so CD's in my collection for many months, but I've gone nuts glomming on to all the great LP's that I could get my hands on.

Just a friendly warning 8)

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by josephazannieri » 19 Nov 2019 20:43

Yo teddytejero:

I acquired my 301 about 40 years ago in a trade for about $40.00 worth of gear. Mine came with a Leak arm mounted on it, which I had to replace with a stereo arm, a Gray clone. Currently I have 2 arms mounted on it, A Grace G707, and a later Thorens TP16. Since you don't have any analog media, you will have to acquire some, and you can get it at thrift stores, flea markets, and other low-buck haunts. Periodically, you will run across estate sales where the decedent was a record freak.

The 301 will play all forms of records except 16 2/3 RPM talking books. Depending on the arm you use, you may even be able to play 16 inch radio show transcriptions. Even if you wind up relying on the turntable for most of your music, you will still find uses for digital media. Notably, I use Audacity to apply reverse RIAA equalization to 78s, and also to take out movement breaks in compositions that are too long for even a 12 inch 78. I also make up hour-long CDs form music that I have taken from records into my computer, because you can't take a record player into your car. You may find yourself putting your LPs and 45s together into CDs.

Congratulations on your find, welcome to VE, and good luck from the old guy with the 1954 301 (Ser. No. 3767),

Joe Z.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by teddytejero » 27 Nov 2019 08:19

Parts are on their way ... 12" plinth ... 'replica' EMT 997 tonearm. Received the RCA / 5pin din cable from AT. Still working on a solution to connect the female 5pin din to the silver lead outs from the tone arm. The arm is apparantly not yet grounded so ... soldering silver tips is not my forte. Looking for a 'screw on' male 5pin din connector (Viborg - Cardas?). Connection on top of the base plate
Matching cartridge (Pickering VX 400 / Shure M44-7) alignement ... resonance ... what a fine hobby :-)
and I'm planning to lift the baseplate with springs / heavy bolts. Will post pictures of this project.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 27 Nov 2019 10:46

These ones are not my taste. Ugly english grandpa. Technology of turntables has advanced much in the next decades after this model was released.

If you are digital audio freak, start thinking about CEC CD player and japanese CD releases...

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by Beobloke » 27 Nov 2019 13:03

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
27 Nov 2019 10:46
These ones are not my taste. Ugly english grandpa. Technology of turntables has advanced much in the next decades after this model was released.
Seriously?! You have heard a good one I assume?

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by billshurv » 27 Nov 2019 13:27

Don't you love when someone turns up just to p*ss on a thread

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by terry-a » 27 Nov 2019 14:27

billshurv wrote:
27 Nov 2019 13:27
Don't you love when someone turns up just to p*ss on a thread
No kidding.

That table would be welcome in my house in a heartbeat.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by chgc » 27 Nov 2019 15:33

Saying “technology of turntables has advanced much in the next decades” is stating the obvious and rather misses the point of listening to records in the first place, in my opinion.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by plyscds » 27 Nov 2019 16:41

What keeps getting swept under the rug is that it's all about the music, not which fingers the pianist uses to play the chord.

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Re: Digital audio freak suddenly owns Garrard 301 ...

Post by chgc » 27 Nov 2019 17:59

Indeed, but the hardware effects the music, and not just in terms of the sound coming from the speakers. Analog provides an alternative channel through which we can access music. The industry that provides much of the “content” we “consume” today is not entirely good for the art form, in my opinion. Old lp’s and turntables are rocks we can cling to in the digital stream. Opting out, if only briefly, can have an impact on the ecosystem. And the artists who make the music rely on that ecosystem.

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