Garrard Turntables Service, Repairs & Sales
The Classic Turntable Co
We Specialise in Sales & Servicing Garrard 301 & 401 Turntables
We specialise in Garrard 301. Our aim is to improve on the sound from the 301 and take it to another level not experienced before on idler wheel turntables. We offer a full range of services, from a single part to a complete restoration.
The Classic 301 is a “new” Garrard 301 using many new upgraded components combined with a small quantity of refurbished Garrard parts.
On its release in 1965 the Garrard 401 promised a number of design changes that would improve on the performance of the Garrard 301 that had been around since 1954,
The Classic 301 is built on the looks of the Garrard 301 and takes onboard some of the strengths of the 401. The original 301 has a weak point where the spindle bearing is bolted to the chassis. The 301 chassis is not rigid at all ! If the platter is rocked side to side the whole chassis bends and distorts
The chassis of the new 301 is significantly stiffer than the original 301 especially around the critical areas surrounding the bearing and is CNC machined from a solid billet of aluminium.
The classic 301 has 2 key improvements .
The adjustable brass spindle – The spindle is key to getting a good quality sound seeing the record is directly connected to it. Our new spindle is adjustable so that the VTA can be adjusted while the deck is playing
The platter with its recessed surface is made from a special alloy we have developed to stop the “ringing” platters make when driven with the idler wheel . These two key features give a true black background to the record recordings .
Garrard 301 & 401
On its release in 1965 the Garrard 401 promised a number of design changes that would improve on the performance of the Garrard 301 that had been around since 1954, unfortunately the quality control on the 401 was not up to scratch and what should have been a sonic step forward was not fully exploited….until now.