Does anyone have any experience w/ Garrard 301 turntables as well as the newer versions by Loricraft and Shindo. Could you please share these opinions.
Does anyone have experience with Garrard turntables, specifically the Loricraft tables and the Shindo upgrade to the Garrard 301 turntables
My suggestion: if you find one that only looks and costs a decent... BUY and refurbish with cleaned and oiled parts.
Try Kokomo kit or alternative at reasonable cost.
Create a heavy plinth: lot's of suggestions on the web.
Maybe partner with an air bearing arm....
Enjoy the music !
I have a refurbished 301 in custom OMA slate plinth and it will eat 99% of modern tables for lunch. Makes every VPI table I've listened to sound broken. Care in a plinth and arm only make this table more of a "giant killer".
You are obviously in love with the table you have built, very understandable after all the work. Your comments are duly noted but obviously ridiculous because you have never heard a VPI table set up by me or as an example Keith Herron, so when you do your comments will have much greater meaning.
Have you ever measured the rumblw in your table, if not, you should.
This vintage stuff is quite tricky.....it really is very old now.Imagine buying a car from (say) 1960; it might be lovely, but would it be very practical? Same with the Garrard 301/401. Both are fairly complex, a lot of 'bits', including an idler wheel which can cause rumble.As has been suggested, you would need a decent service (which is specialist and not cheap).Next, you need a well-made, heavy, plinth. It all adds up (and is a lot of work.) The sound at the end of it? I have owned good versions of both 301 and 401, they are good, but not that good! You can do better with a well chosen modern deck, and it won't involve all the hassle...unless you love vintage gear, in which case....good luck!'