Garrard 301 Bare Bones ! Help please!


#1

Hi Chaps …I would really appreciate some advice from you knowledgeable ones on this forum…I have a Linn Lp12 and have wanted for some time now get a second T/T,mainly to compare …
Anyway I have just purchased a Garrard 301 in fab condition but without plinth,arm ,cartridge etc…
I have a wooden plinth on order ,it is the rest of the stuff that I’m unsure about…
Which arm and cartridge , also power supply do I go for? and for what reason is my question please.
My amps are Esoteric pre & power and speakers Art Alinico (same as Olans)
Thanks in advance Micky


#2

Nice 12" FR 66 tipped withh an IO Ltd should do the trick. Maybe an SME 312s with a nice Urishi or the M12 J shape with an SPU or Black fitted.


#3

See if whoever is making the plinth can make it with removable arm boards/plates so you aren’t tied in to a specific mount type.

SME 3012 is also a classic with the 301.


#4

Terminator works very well with Garrards (he says owning one). Rather than power supplies, look at replacement mats as well.


#5

@Mickyricky Congrats you got in there just before I was about to take it!


#6

For a good arm at a very good price try an Audio Creative Groovemaster.


#7

Has the 301 been rebuilt?


#8

No !it is still as original …I’m liking the comments so far


#9

Check out Nigel’s Speed Controller over at Lenco Heaven. Works with the Garrards as well as the Lencos. A lot cheaper than the usual suspects.

I’ve had good sounds with The Wand carbon fibre arm from NZ on my 401.


#10

Hi Micky

Are you thinking of a 12 inch arm or a 9 inch.

Audiomods Series v was good on my 401. The OL silver rb250 I’ve put on it is pretty good and was a very reasonably price.

There are loads to choose from, it depends on budget I guess.

A decent platter Matt will help too.


#11

are you looking for the end game arm/cart combo, or wanting a play along the way. I have heard them sound a bit good with Hadcock, and Nima tonearms, if you wanted upmarket maybe a moerch.


#12

The best one I heard was with a Zeta arm and a Koetsu Rosewood.


#13

The Garrard’s presentation may well be be markedly different to your LP12. What is your hope, in terms of sound, from a 301?
I ask this as suggestions can flow thick and fast re carts / arms / tweaks etc but without a sense of your personal taste and budget they could be spot on or as far as the moon.


#14

Had a read about that Groovemaster tonearm, it looks really good for the money. It looks like it would make a brilliant partner or your 301 Mick.


#15

I was hoping to get a different sound to the Lp12 …maybe as musical but certainly not a big bassie sound…I was hoping to rig it out with 2nd user arm + cartridge for around £1000 or cheaper then find a phono stage later …whatever I spend if the 301 didn’t agree with me then I would hope to recover my costs…so I’m not wanting to spend more than the going rate if that makes sense…
My musical tastes run through a wide range excluding rap and heavy metal lol…
Thanks for the input so far


#16

Mark (Dive Deepdog) is making a wooden plinth for me at his own leisure …


#17

I would say that’s highly likely


#18

what are the strengths of the 301 Paul ?


#19

It sounds nothing like an LP12 :smile:


#20

One of the best combo’s I have heard personally on a 301 was a Alphason Designs HR100S and Audio Technica OC9mkii.

It had great bass but also a superb open mid and treble which isn’t a given on these decks with some combinations.

Then Anatek MC1 phonostage :slight_smile: