Garrard 301 Transcription Turntable
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 The Garrard 301 was finally superceded (an opinion not shared by all) in 1964 by the 401, a similar idle wheel design with a more modern look.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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