This deck is available and ready to ship now.
A google search for 'Woodsong Flickr' (the photohosting site) will lead you to the hi-resolution photos of this deck. The audiogon photo engine does not display photos very well, so this is worth looking for even if only for some visual stimulation. Our new website is nearing completion, so the current, outdated one is a bit neglected.
This is one of the finest Garrard 301 based decks on the planet.
Woodsong Audio has been specializing in creating top quality restorations and plinths for the Garrard 301/ 401, and Thorens TD 124 for the past 14 years. We are also a retailer for an ever growing number of top quality tonearms, cartridges, electronics, etc.
If you are looking for a top level turntable, , we think you will have difficulty finding anything near this nice in terms of sound quality and quaity of construction. This is a seriously fine turntable, capable of 'holding it's own' with the best, it is a true heirloom and a work of art. We pay extreme attention into quiet, correct operation, and refuse to cut any corners. This single tonearm plinth will accept 9" through 12" tonearms.
This exact deck is available now. It is complete, and ready to ship after an armboard is machined for your choice of tonearm. Additional armboards are available on request. The Schroeder CB tonearm, and Miyajima Labs 'Madake' cartridge are not included in this sale price, but are among the options with which we can equip this deck if you need.
This listing is for the Garrard 301 motor unit, the plinth, 4 Track Audio Footers, and the gun metal 'Tenuto' mat. If you need a tonearm, or cartridge, please contact us directly. Stillpoints are also available, should you prefer them. We like thet Track Audio footers best for most situtions.
This Garrard motor unit has been fully serviced from a complete strip down to the bare chassis. Careful attention throughout the finishing process, and an aluminum specifiic finish schedule culminating in a 'color sanded' top quality PPG Urethane clear in the Ferrari color 'Grigio Silverstone', a more modern take on 'Hammertone', if you will. Motor coils are checked, motor shaft polished, thrust end of the motor shaft turned down on a lathe when necessary, sintered bronze bushings carefully cleaned of the old lubricant, cleaned, and recharged in a vacuum chamber with the correct lubricant, ready to run for many more years. The motor is re-assembled, carefully aligned, and checked for correct speed. The linkages are chemically stripped of the poisonous Cadmium plating, and re-plated in gleaming yellow zinc. New springs, grommits, spark supressor,new Woodsong Eddy brake disc, etc, are fitted, as well as a new wiring harness made from a highly flexible wire to minimize motor vibrations from transferring to the chassis. This motor unit has our main platter bearing, with improved tolerances over the original, as well as a thrust bearing design that is long lasting, and providing greater speed stability. We know how to bring these decks up beyond their original spec, and condition them for many more years of troublefree operation. We know how to make them very quiet, and also how to make them sing.
The plinth is finished in old growth Cocobolo from a really nice board that has been in our private stash for quite a few years now. Cocobolo, Dalbergia Retusa, a true Rosewood, is now very quickly on it's way to becoming 'unobtanium', as it is no longer being logged or exported from Mexico, which is where the majority of the recent cut stock has been coming from in recent years, and it is no longer being imported into the United States, at all. Due to recent changes in international laws as of this year, this plinth, or any other Rosewoods for that matter, we cannot ship this out of the United States. This is beautiful Cocobolo.
The finish on this plinth is catalyzed polyester, the exact finish used on almost all current high end pianos. This finish is incredibly tough, and highly resistant to 'swirlies'. The gloss is very deep, and the polish is approaching optical. This finish is as good as it gets, and is guaranteed to satisfy.
Beneath the finish, is genuine Cocobolo, over a time proven CLD core that we have developed, improved, tuned, and tweaked over the past 14 years. It is extremely well thought out, and supremely musical.
Thank you for looking.