Garrard Type IIA

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jmeredith69
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Garrard Type IIA

Post by jmeredith69 » 12 Dec 2019 02:09

I just purchased a Garrard Type IIA turntable. Does it require an amp or do I just connect speakers to it.

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Re: Garrard Type IIA

Post by smee4 » 13 Dec 2019 03:07

Depends if it has an amplifier. A clue to that is that there will be, at least, a volume control.

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Re: Garrard Type IIA

Post by KentT » 13 Dec 2019 04:32

The changer, for those who don't know. Is a Garrard Laboratory A Mk II most likely. Unless installed in a console Stereo (some better ones like Pilot and Fisher would have factory installed one, or a Canadian manufacturer like Clairtone or quite a few other Canadian consoles) it would need an integrated amplifier with a magnetic phono stage, a receiver with same, or a separate power amplifier and preamplifier or tuner/preamplifier with a magnetic phono stage (sometimes one would get a nicer ceramic cartridge like a Sonotone, but less often). Many of these changers in the 1961 or so era were used in better consoles, and standalone in separate component HiFi systems up to around 1963. Do bear in mind, this changer needs a cartridge which tracks reliably at around 3 grams at lightest for the automatic arm to trip and return correctly, and for the changer mechanism to function (and this is when working properly)

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