Vintage Garrard 301 51400/2 Turntable W/ Grado Wooden Tonearm
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Vintage Garrard 301 51400/2 Turntable W/ Grado Wooden Tonearm:
Garrard Model 301 Schedule No. 51400/2 (1960)
Made in England
Serial Number : 42747
Please read entire post before buying. The unit is sold as/is. It is not in working condition but it is like working on an old car. There are so many fun ways to restore it to working condition. There is a full range of parts available online.
Does not come with turntable mat.
Comes with plinth (see pictures).
This comes with the last model of theGrado wooden tonearms.It is a dynamically balanced design, meaning that the arm with cartridge is balanced to equilibrium and the tracking force is applied with spring (spring not included) pressure by turning a screw.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. I can send more pictures and will do my best to get your questions answered.Condition (repeated from above) :
This Gerrard Model 310 Schedule No. 51400/2 is in good condition but needs a few pieces to go to work.
I severed the tonearm wires while photographing the unit. I also broke the power lever when I turned it on. Yes, I've done more damage to this unit in the last hour that in the last 56 years of its life.
The plinth has a few minor scrapes. (See photos)
The idler housing and bushings are solid but a spring may need to be replaced because it doesn't engage the brake (or speed) disk. The idler needs to make contact to turn the turntable.
The motor is almost silent with your ear on the unit and no record. The post the tonearm pivots on is bent or at least I think it is. I wouldn't think it's supposed to be like that. (See picture)
The speed changing action is a bit stiff. I assume some grease would be the remedy. I was extremely careful changing speeds. I would think that the lever would break if the speed changing action joints aren't lubed. Since the on/off lever broke, I'd recommend a set of new levers. (<$50)
I also noticed that the suspension of the top plinth piece is uneven and may need adjustment or new springs. The top is suspended but the gap isn't even all the way around.