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Old 18th March 2002, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Garrard 401

Recently I dug out of my achives/collection some of my turntables, including a Technics SP-10 without base and arm, and Garrard 401 mounted on base with SME 3009 long arm.
I looked in E-Bay and was surprised to see 401's fetching US $500.00 !
I am currently in the process of giving my complete system a well needed birthday (revamp) and going back to be able to play vinyl again and I am interested to know -
Why is the Garrard 401 so well regarded,
or is it better to make a base for the SP-10 and fit the 3009 long arm or 3009 shorter arm (I have both).

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Old 18th March 2002, 11:56 AM   #2
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let's see if my buddy Hartmut (hifidaddy) responds, he is the Garrard wizard and can provide setup help and detailed experience.



1st info, the Garrard is a friction wheel driven TT, it sounds fast and tough and makes a lot of fun. It is not completely honest however but it rocks and swings. It is a hedonist's TT: the late Sugano-san used a Garrard for auditioning his Koetsu cartridges.



I would combine the long SME3012 (3009 is the short one) with the Garrard and a very good MC (why not an Ortofon SPU ?) and have fun with it.



AFAIK, the Technics SP10 was one of the best direct drives ever made; it is a zero problem TT. Hint: make a basis for it and try it out with different tonearms (i could imagine there will be a DIY linear tracking tonearm project on this forum soon )



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Old 18th March 2002, 02:37 PM   #3
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Default Garrard 401 experiences ?

"let's see if my buddy Hartmut (hifidaddy) responds, he is the Garrard wizard and can provide setup help and detailed experience.
1st info, the Garrard is a friction wheel driven TT, it sounds fast and tough and makes a lot of fun. It is not completely honest however but it rocks and swings. It is a hedonist's TT: the late Sugano-san used a Garrard for auditioning his Koetsu cartridges. "

Thanks, I look forward to some good owners/tweakers info and stories etc....

"I would combine the long SME3012 (3009 is the short one) with the Garrard and a very good MC (why not an Ortofon SPU ?) and have fun with it. "

Yes, the 3012 is on the Garrard base, and for now I have V-15 IV and Stantons - At least they are a reference I used to use.

"AFAIK, the Technics SP10 was one of the best direct drives ever made; it is a zero problem TT. Hint: make a basis for it and try it out with different tonearms "

Yes nice Japanese engineering, tough and reliable and must be the strongest TT motor ever made.

"i could imagine there will be a DIY linear tracking tonearm project on this forum soon "

Maybe such a project on my bench too.........I'm quietly getting inspired now.
Years ago, I made a new brass arm for a dual 1209 after I dropped it and broke it, from thin wall brass tubing tubing from a aero-modellers shop.
This worked really nicely at the time.

"DON'T sell anything on ebay until you learned how it worked. You might like to keep both."

Yes I have already decided that, I was just looking on ebay...

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... and you don't sell your Shure V15IV unless you sell it to me, ok?
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Old 19th March 2002, 01:53 AM   #5
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Hi Bernard,
Sounds like these are sought after too !
If I had a spare I would gladly give it to you.
Do you have recomendations on homebrew preamp and loading values ?
How well does the V-15 compare to modern MM cartridges ?
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Old 19th March 2002, 10:33 AM   #7
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Default Re: Garrard 401

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Why is the Garrard 401 so well regarded,
or is it better to make a base for the SP-10 and fit the 3009 long arm or 3009 shorter arm (I have both).
Hi Eric,

my buddy Bernhard already pointed out the most important aspects: the Garrard401 is really fun to listen to: imagine an extremely powerful flow of music pouring out of your discs.
There are lots of sites with informations on Garrard, e.g. the Garrard renovator Loricraft http://www.garrard501.com, and there is also a plinth design on the web. If you cannot make a plinth yourself, you can choose from half a dozen models if you are living in the UK. Just use a search engine to get lots of information.

I lived happily with a Garrard 401 from 1990 to 1997, when I changed to Platine Verdier and Scheu turntables. I had a dozen different tonearms on the Garrard, and even the E.T. 2.0 worked extraordinarily well with the Garrard.

Re the SP10: there has been a tuning article for the electronics board in the Hifiworld magazine some five years ago. Be sure to have a really solid plinth for the SP10, e.g. the original Obsidian plinth. It needs it to get substantial bass, otherwise it sounds too lightweight and lacks fun.

What do mean with long 3009 ? If you mean the 3012, it is of course better than the 3009, and if you mean the older version of 3009 with a longer tonearm back part, then it is metal knife edge bearing compared to the later shorter 3009, which has plastic knife edge bearings. The metal knife edge bearing variant is preferable, as it has a greater range of tracking force and antiscating adjustment, too.

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Hello Hartmut and thanks for your reply.
It looks like I got lucky - the 3012 is with blackened hard steel knife edges, and is mounted on the Garrard plinth - quite heavy with nice hardwood sides . (blackbean I think).
I've just had 401 apart and I must say that I'm well impressed with the engineering - nice old English precision indeed.
The platter is most unusually dead - the tiny amount of ring is nice sounding too.
I'm not too sure about the vertical thrust bearing - mine is a little worn and scored, and idler type drive can be bettered I'm sure.
I read a comment mentioning using 1/4" audio tape as a drive belt, and with some small modification the Garrard could be converted to belt drive by the looks.
Have you tried or heard discussion of 1/4" tape as a belt on this or other platters, and heard of their merits ?
Some info I was told eons ago is that the best thrust bearing is made by using Ebony wood (those old ornamental elephants have a use) and whale oil as the lubricant.
To Australian readers - does anybody have any experience of Australian made Commonwealth Broadcast turntable ?
I have one of these also - it weighs at least double the 401 !

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I have a Garrard 301 (grease Bearing ) and recently purchased a Commonwealth, for about Aust$60.

Paid Aust$30 for the Garrard at a Trash and Treasure (Flea Market), the motor locks looked like they had never been removed.

I have read that you should remove the magnetic speed governor/Aluminium disc and use an AC speed controller, seems the Aluminium disc rings and the system strains the motor. Might Have been an old issue Sound Practices Said to use a 60Watt light Bulb to slow the motor Down??

For a plinth I have been considering <a href="http://www.spiritdrums.com/snare/timber.html">Cooktown Ironwood,</a> at 1220Kg/M<sup>3</sup> should be quite inert.

Stumbled across a box of sealed Technics Carts, EPC451Cs, EPC270CKs, EPC955ED (mc?), EPC206CKs, a couple of month ago, I hope the suspension in them has survived.

One day I will get a tonearm and will be able to comment on the sound.
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Hello TVI, thanks for the photo.
The commonwealth is a classic in its own right I think.
Hope you find a suitable arm so you can try it out.
I need to do the same to my commonwealth.
Regarding woods, go for high silica content - I expect the cooktown ironwood to be in this category.
I must go to my work now and fix modern jap stuff so I can pay for this hobby !.

Regards, Eric.

PS - I bought the SP-10 at auction for $8.00, and years ago for a five minute favour that I did not charge for, I was given the 401 and commonwealth - instant karma ?
I just have to spend a little time now to set them up - This might be a turntable collection to die for !
My next project is to give my Kef concerto and transmission line cabinets a birthday (renovate/improve), hook up my Jands JC-1000 CS, and see what I get.
This will take some time though, but I'll keep you posted - eric.
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