Saturday, 7 February 2015

My Dream Machine - Garrard 301 Restoration

 
Some things take longer than others: I started working on my dream to own a Garrard 301 about 9 months ago. First, I had to find the motor unit (thanks Mark and Patrick). Then I had to find a SME 3012 arm (because that is what I wanted - thanks Darryl). Then I had to build a plinth (the big wooden box it lives in - thanks for the advice, Sean). Then I had to take the motor unit apart, clean it, service it, lubricate it and put it all back together (thanks Internet). Then I had to service the SME 3012, sourcing a few missing bits and bobs (thanks Andrew). Then I had to put it all back into one unit - my Garrard 301 turntable. Soending an hour here, another hour there... knowing that one day it will all come together - and today was that day! It looks great, it sounds great and my first LP played on this table is, of course, the great Oscar Peterson (thanks Laurieann) - this is, after all, my Jazz machine... Here are a few pictures of this journey: ‪#‎patience‬ ‪#‎diy‬ ‪#‎vinyl‬ ‪#‎jazz‬


Arm dry fit


Final arm dry fit


Dry Fit


Grease bearing disassembled and cleaned


Grease bearing re-assembled and greased


The idler wheel has been serviced
 


In Play


In Play


In Play
 

In Play


In Play - Sounding great!


Motor springs removed before service


The motor is getting cleaned and lubricated


Motor closed up, and it runs like a dream! Whisper quiet...


The motor unit has arrived!


Fitting the arm


Fitting the platter


Fitting the motor unit


All linkages have been cleaned with mineral turpentine and greased with white marine grease


Almost ready


In Play - Oscar Peterson, of course!


I had to make a special screwdriver to tighten the custom-made top plate stainless steel bolts


The SME 3012 arm - looking good!


The SME 3012 arm has arrived - needs some parts, a rewire and a service


Bits and Bobs for the arm - getting a service


Sorting out the arm


Test Play


Test Play


Test Play


Dry Fit


Dry Fit


Dry Fit


Arm position marked out


Where does the arm go?


Stacked for Size


Layer 10


Dry Fit


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The Layers



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Underneath


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That's all Folks!




 
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