Garrard 301 Classic
Garrard 301 Classic
Positive Feedback Online Article by Jeff Day Quote:
"To give you an idea of the level of artistry involved, Christopher's Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Plinth easily rivals the fit & finish of my Gibson Custom Shop Brazilian Rosewood & Adirondack Spruce Advanced Jumbo guitar, and with a musical prowess to match its artisan musical instrument-like level of craftsmanship."
Michael Fremer quote: "I will say for the record and on this video, this is so far the best sound I have heard at the show." 2015 AXPONA Chicago Sunday late afternoon enjoying music playing in the Artisan Fidelity room.
Before the Garrard 301 becomes a Classic model, first, a donor model Garrard 301 is carefully selected, then begins the arduous task of a comprehensive restoration of all linkage, control switches, motor and bearing. Following the itemization of the parts removed, we begin the striping and deep ultra sonic cleaning process and main bearing disassembly/inspection. Once the main bearing has been inspected we rebuilt it from the top down, replacing factory sleeve bushings where applicable, thrust plate and old oil. Factory motors are torn down and rebuilt, using refinished/restored internal bushings and re-aligned to factory specifications, then re-lubricated prior to final assembly. Stock factory idler wheels are replaced using modern machined high tolerance idler wheels featuring a special rubber composite outer rim with precision hub. Either 60Hz and 50Hz precision machined Brass motor spindles are supplied for international compatibility. All new replacement parts used throughout the rebuild are high tolerance precision machined components built to last a lifetime.
Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Schedule 1 Grease Bearing and standard Classic series African Wenge single Panzerholz tonearm configured plinth finished in high gloss clear coat featuring integrated Stillpoints Ultra SS isolation devices. To the best of our knowledge, no higher quality Garrard 301 wood based plinth currently exists on the market, period. The conventional Russian Birch based core internal design architecture ensures silent backgrounds and ample dampening for mass loading and direct coupling of the non-suspended Garrard 301 idler drive. The displayed configuration is ready to accommodate a single, nine to twelve inch effective length tonearm. Tonearm board milled from resonant damped German Panzerholz. Like our Statement models, although the void-less plinth design is technically high mass, it is not in any way over damped, unlike many recent designs which often inhibit liveliness in favor of darkness and deadness, robbing the Garrard 301 of its inherent life, vibrancy and energy. Our conventional composite Russian Birch recipe simply allows the maximum energy of the musical landscape to flow without hindrance. Veneer thickness vary, depending upon wood species and ranges from 1/24" - 1/7" are typical after final sanding and prior to finishing. For clientele having specific design/material application requests, we provide a myriad of premium core construction and tonearm board materials for your consideration. These materials may range from Russian Birch, domestic hardwoods, imported exotic hardwoods, German Panzerholz, aircraft aluminum alloys, austenitic steels and Acetal Copolymers / Homopolymers. Our hand selected team consists of 3rd generation master woodworkers combined with a state of the art machining and finishing facility. Our Garrard 301 plinth designs were carefully tuned by ear and finely developed over a period of 4 years for the ultimate musical expression and tonal characteristics. Each Garrard 301 plinth is now individually laid out, core hand assembled, bonded set and precision CNC milled on a state of the art Bridgeport mill, then painstakingly hand finished using premium sealers and surface coatings. Comprehensive one year manufacturers warranty against defects included. Professional ISPM-15 Stamped Certified crate supplied for safe worldwide delivery. Instrument net weight range 22kgs. ~ 48lbs. / 24kgs. ~ 52lbs.
Garrard 301 Classic