The venerable Garrard 301, Schedule 1 grease-bearing turntable motor.
There is a lot of information here. I've tried my best to be thorough. Please read through it and I think you'll find answers to your questions. If not though, let me know. I'm open to any reasonable offers, but no low-ball/weird offers, please. Thanks.
I have done the following work on it, around 2010-ish when I acquired it:
- Thoroughly cleaned everything - all parts washed in an industrial ultrasonic cleaner.
- Cleaned, re-oiled the motor. Note: The rivets securing motor bearings were replaced with small screws. These tiny screws on the bottom of the motor interfere with the the motor locking bracket that usually hangs below the motor. So I removed the bracket. *** I will reattach it when shipping to secure the motor. It must be removed to operate the turntable properly. *** This means popping off two circlips and unscrewing two screws (I was going to replace the screws with rivets to solve this, but never got around to it).
- New grease.
- New AC cord.
- Reversed the idler wheel thrust pad to expose new surface to the idler bearing. I think I have an extra one, too - not 100% sure though.
- Cleaned, primed, repainted platter. The strobe marks are for 50hz and painted over.
- Early edition 301 manual (not from this same turntable) with strobe card, etc. included. No stars on the cover - maybe the 1st edition?
- Bits & bobs included: old parts, spare linkage parts, original 50hz motor pulley, extra idler wheel, idler wheel assembly, new manufacture motor bushings.
Parts (source from Perfect Sound UK unless otherwise noted):
- New springs (all).
- New rubber parts.
- New switch cover plate.
- New mounting hardware.
- New idler wheel bushings.
- New On/Off and Speed switches (Martin Bastin/Perfect Sound).
- New 60hz motor pulley (bought a couple of years ago) from Woodsong Audio, for proper speed adjustment.
The chassis is in nice shape, considering its age. The badges look good. There is a small dark "smudge" between the on/off and center badge, above the mounting screw. Other than that, no major flaws, scratches, marks, dings, or anything.
The capacitor has come loose from its base. I will secure it, but it should probably be replaced. I never had issues with audible "pops" when turning on the motor.
The plinth is... functional. I drilled it out to accommodate a SME 3009 arm. It would benefit from a "proper" plinth but works fine as-is. There are no feet on the bottom of the plinth.
The platter mat is fine, but shows its age. I don't think it's the exact mat for this 301 model.
This 301 has functioned without issue since I cleaned it up. It's built like a tank. However, I can't help feeling it would benefit from a proper restoration, where the motor and main bearing can be examined and optimised for best operation (see Woodsong Audio restoration services).
I've successfully shipped other turntables before. It will be packed well. Local pickup works for me, too. Thanks for checking it out.