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Old 9th July 2004, 05:22 AM   #1
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Default garrard 401 lenco l85 info? New Zealand

Hi i have just got a Garrard 401 and need advice on a tonearm? is SME the best option or are there new products available that will suffice?

Lenco L85 in fairly good condition: is it worth restoring or should i just stick to the 401?

Are there any experts in NZ i can communicate with, re plinth design and timbers etc?
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Old 9th July 2004, 06:30 AM   #2
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Stick to the Garrard and forget about the Lenco - there is simply no comparison.
What exactly do you mean by SME? They are all fairly different and there is no particular reason to stick to the classic 401/SME3012 combo.
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Old 9th July 2004, 12:29 PM   #3
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garrard 401 /sme 3012 is the historical vintage combo.
now there are many new arms to choose
if you need a good view of the experience of lots of garard 401 owners, have a search in the vinyl engine
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Old 16th July 2004, 02:24 AM   #4
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Hi Discboy,
You may know this already, but there's quite a bit of enthusiasm and information for refurbishing Lencos floating around the vinyl section at Just do a search of the archives with "lenco" as your keyword. I think there's also a thread on the topic at The general consensus seems to be to make the plinth as heavy as possible.

I've got an old lenco that one day I'll get round to refurbishing. I was thinking of making the plinth out of Oamaru stone - heavy, cheap, easy to work with and should look good when finished. I'd imagine the Oamaru stone is quite well damped too. Just look up stonemasons in the yellow pages for suppliers.

As far as tonearms go (for the Lenco), you may want to consider a decca unipivot. They're much cheaper than SMEs and have a bit of a cult following.

Some people reckon the Lencos are quite under-rated and that they'll one day increase in price the same way Garrards did. They're so I cheap at the moment they're not worth selling - I think definately worth holding on to and refurbishing.
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Old 16th July 2004, 06:19 AM   #5
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hi diskboy
as for lencos have a look at :
and try to stick to heavy plattered ones
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