Garrard 301 Transcription Turntable

Garrard 301


The Garrard 301 is one of the all time classic pieces of truly great hi-fi. For anyone who has not been fortunate to listen to either a 301 or the later 401 (which some enthusiats claim is inferior), then you dont know what you're missing.

Largely forgotten about until the early nineties, there was a resurgence in interest as people started partnering these decks with new rigid tone arms such as the SME V and the Rega RB300.

One of the main issues people had with the Garrard 301 was low frequency rumble if they were not set up properly on a half decent plinth. There are conflicting opinions as to whether isolation or mass should be employed as a plinth design solution. All we can say is that a combination of layered 18mm MDF and slate works very well although extremely heavy - but there is no rumble to be heard.

The Garrard 301 was first launched in 1954, and many experts are convinced the early silver grease bearing models sound better, indeed these still fetch silly prices in places like Japan where even after more than 50 years, these turntables are much sought after. The Garrard 301 was finally superceded (an opinion not shared by all) in 1964 by the 401, a similar idle wheel design with a more modern look.

If properly cared for and restored (Loricraft Audio are the leading experts now on Garrards), the Garrard 301 will still continue to give years of musical enoyment.

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24 Responses to Garrard 301 Transcription Turntable

Darren Says:
March 21st, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Just read your article and thought you may be interested to know slate is back.
Best wishes

Enrico Says:
November 13th, 2007 at 11:12 AM

I am the lucky owner of a 301 which I put aside
several years ago. Now I plan to put it back in service and will surely benefit of your article.

Anthony david Says:
January 8th, 2008 at 2:48 PM

I cannot believe I've stumbled upon this page.The Garrard 301.I've had one since 1958 and it's fitted with an SME 12" pickup and a Shure cartridge and I still use it.Rumble!What rumble?

Carry on the good work Garrard.CD's,Huh!

Paul moore Says:
January 11th, 2008 at 8:10 AM

My Dad has one gathering dust in his attic. It was given to him in the 70's. I feel he should give it back now we know what it might be worth. We shall see!

Skinner Says:
February 12th, 2009 at 4:37 AM

Crazy. I have been given a 301 by my old dad, it was his dad's before him. im wanting to sell it but have no idea if it's going or not. if you're intersted

Shane Says:
June 4th, 2009 at 8:24 PM

I would love to hear the Garrard 301 or the 401 turntable. One day, be nice to get one that has been modified for todays standards, just pop my rega arm on and away I go.

Also I would like to ask. How will a Garrard 301 or 401 sound compare to my Thorens TD160B MK2?
Don't get me wrong about the Thorens, it's a great deck. The best I've had and heard so far.


Shane Lonergan

Iain42 Says:
June 13th, 2009 at 5:32 AM

Yeah what rumble?

Johnny andre nesje Says:
August 27th, 2009 at 2:55 PM

If you stumble across this website, and also happes to be one of those selling your Garrard 301, please send me an e-mail.

Chris Says:
December 17th, 2009 at 2:22 AM

I LOVE the music my 301 makes. I am currently trying a Linn Ittok LVII (currently troublesome-underdamped) with a Denon DL-103 on the 301. 301/103? Yes. Then, my preamps My/Naim/Leak Varislope and 2XPoint One Plus. Further down the zooming of signals, 4X Leak TL/12 Plus amps integrated beautifully with my Apogee Slant 6 ribbon hybrids. My 301 plinth is probably somewhat unique-it is made from substantial parts of the '80's stage platform of Status Quo! I have no particular liking, however, I do thank them for specifying 1" thick glass reinforced urethane(sp?).
I would appreciate any thoughts!


Boris nitzsche Says:
April 21st, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Garrard 301 wanted !

If you have one and plan to sell it, please email me - I might be interested.

Mac Says:
August 25th, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Garrard 301 and Empire turntables for sale.

Walt seah Says:
November 8th, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I bought a Garrard 301 in 2003 in poor shape. i managed to strip it down, replaced the idler, and spindle bearings, and gave it a good respray...chassis & platter. Fixed it with a new SME3009 & Denon 103 mc cartridge. It has been running superbly since.It is sitting on a 2" plywood base & a solid Jarrah wood plinth. There is absolutely no hum...with any cartridge mm or mc I've tried. Solid!

Alex Says:
January 29th, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I have a Garrard 301 for sale. SN. 2xxxx. Schedule 51400/1 . If someone interested contact me at

Shane Says:
March 6th, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I have a Gerrard 301 with a SME Arm fitted with a ZYX R-100 cartridge fitted . contact me at

Steve pepper Says:
May 27th, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I have a Garrard 301 that I'll be putting on ebay in the next week or so. Mail at

Sushant Says:
June 20th, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Hey Steve,
Is the Garrard 301 up for sale?


Brian shaw Says:
June 30th, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I have a 301 which I intend to respray. I'm trying to find an exact paint match for the original (ivory/cream) finish. The car paint aerosols have colours on the can top, but they're not an accurate representation of what's in the can. Does anyone know of a paint (aerosol) which will match the Garrard colour?

Jã¼rgen Says:
August 23rd, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I´m Owner clean 301 with SME 3012. DIY- Body-base filled with lead shot. Let´s get ready to >>> rumble? >>>


Claudiu Says:
September 12th, 2011 at 12:55 PM


Anyone interested to buy a Garrard 301 ?
If yes, contact me at and I will send you pictures.

Wouter bouwman Says:
October 31st, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Yes, if not to expensive

Mitchell Says:
January 12th, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Cream chassis Blk t/table 301 with SME arm
for sale in very good order send an email.


Mitchell Says:
January 27th, 2012 at 12:24 AM

The above Email has changd to I have a301 in very good condition old but little use with a SME arm from Sussex its for sale make me an offer I should be ablle to send photos.

vs27pr Mitch.. ..

Les hart Says:
October 1st, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I have a Garrard 301 with an Acos Lustre (I think) arm for sale. My father had it from new many years ago.

Very good condition, and can be seen and tested near Oxford.

Please email if interested.

Marc coles Says:
December 8th, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I have a 301 in a 40 lb marble plinth and a rega rb 300 and a goldring 2500 cart.
oh and its not for sale! lol
The best ive owned and heard.

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