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help Identifying Model

Post by mrb00mstix » 10 Dec 2019 02:41

Hey there! I’m hoping someone can help identify the model of my TT. I’ve tried looking at various pictures, but can’t seem to nail it down. The unit was my Grandmother’s that I’m working to restore -maybe from mid 60s? Thanks in advance!
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Re: help Identifying Model

Post by DSJR » 10 Dec 2019 15:18

It's an Autoslim with the larger diameter top platter and it has the regular spring/transit bolt arrangement. Should be easy to service as they all gum up the same ;) No idea obviously on the fitted cartridge, but do ensure it's a stereo compatible one.

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Post by mrb00mstix » 10 Dec 2019 16:23

Thank you! I'm still learning about this stuff, so this is a huge help

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Re: help Identifying Model

Post by DSJR » 11 Dec 2019 21:46

Wonderful things to learn on as they're quite tough and long lasting (nearly 60 years and counting). The mechanism design here was mostly just refined and never 'hugely' altered over fifteen or more years and dozens of models.

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Re: help Identifying Model

Post by A70BBen » 12 Dec 2019 01:34

Theone-piece afm.and large platter was designated as Model AT5.

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Post by DSJR » 12 Dec 2019 17:26

Thanks - I'll remember that.

What was the deck you have that you pictured with the counterweight (and detachable shell?) in the thread ages back concerning 'the' strain-relief spring?

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Post by josephazannieri » 12 Dec 2019 20:02

Yo mrb00mstix:

You have a first-generation Garrard Autoslim. I had one, back in 1963. It was my first "good record player. Mine has the one-piece arm, like yours, but yours has the larger 12 inch diameter platter. Underneath that platter you will likely find a smaller steel platter of 8 or 9 inches diameter. The usual pointers about cleaning up the Garrard Gorilla Snot, which is what that grease they use to lubricate these things turns into, and making sure all the changer parts move freely apply to this one. It should track down to 2 grams, and it will take any mid-compliance moving magnet cartridge, or you can use a ceramic cart. I used a Goldring ceramic cart in mine, and it worked reliably all the time I used it.

Service manual is found here: https://www.vinylengine.com/library/gar ... slim.shtml

Make sure that you read it. you will find that it will be pretty simple, for a changer and relatively robust. Mine worked fine until I shipped it to myself while in college, when it literally got run over by a truck and squashed. I had insured it, so I got back the original price, $35.00, and used that with a little extra money, to buy a Dual 1010 which I used until 2004, when I gave it to a church rummage sale. Don't know where it went from there.

And good luck from the old changer exchanger,

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Re: help Identifying Model

Post by A70BBen » 13 Dec 2019 17:02

DSJR wrote:
12 Dec 2019 17:26
Thanks - I'll remember that.

What was the deck you have that you pictured with the counterweight (and detachable shell?) in the thread ages back concerning 'the' strain-relief spring?
The one from the overload spring thread was a Model 50 (or 40 Mk II, they are identical). But that thread did not show a headshell...though the Model 50's is detachable.

Drifting off...the AT5 also had a variant with detachable headshell, and another with the low mass arm of the Model 3000, but the AT5 models use a now-rare auto spindle interchanging only with the AT6 which has a more advanced arm with adjustable counterweight and full counterbalancing.

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Post by DSJR » 14 Dec 2019 11:25

I kind of zone out with the models. The AT6 I have became a AT60 (was there a 60 in between?) then evolved to the 60mk2 which then got the SL motor becoming the SL65 which was updated into the late 60's SL65B (our UK models weren't quite so wide ranging as the US I think). I did have some range brochures and over the 3000 in the late 60's we had the 55 and 65 and then in the next one, the 40B, 55B and 65B.

All the above are so similar underneath although the 'B' versions lost the flipper for automatic record size and 16rpm went to be replaced by 33rpm- 7", the 33 position now being 33-12", 45 7" and 78-10"

Apologies for the thread drift.

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Post by A70BBen » 15 Dec 2019 20:12

There was nothing that I know of between the AT60 and 60 Mk II. AT6 had Mk II variants but they differed by country. There was a 60B, which was the SL65B with induction motor instead of synchronous but it was not sold in the USA.

Head spinning, yet????

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