Garrard 401 Statement by Artisan Fidelity
The design architecture in its modest beginning is based on a factory stock Garrard 401. These British developed idler drives were first introduced in late 1964 and successfully sold some 50,000 plus units during its 12 year production run. After a long successful production period, the enormously accomplished Garrard 301 officially retired, immediately thereafter, the Garrard 401 model circa 1965 - 1976 was announced as its replacement. What the Garrard model 401 model promised was an improvement over the classic 301 model while featuring a higher torque motor and tighter manufactured tolerances.
First, a donor model 401 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. Factory motors are 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 austenitic stainless steel hub and cnc ground center pin. Either 60Hz and 50Hz precision machined Brass motor spindles are supplied for international compatibility. All new replacement parts used in the rebuild are high tolerance precision machined components built to last a lifetime.
The Garrard 401 Statement was designed strictly for the ultimate analog playback capability derived from the renowned English engineered classic idler drive platform. A fundamental approach in lowering center of gravity, achieving increased resolution in addition to drastic reductions in noise and friction is achievable through an inverted type bearing and tiered platter design. Modern echelon level analog playback front ends routinely feature such bearing topologies for these reasons. Additionally, the flywheel affect has been improved, as a result speed consistency throughout solidifies. From its sibling, this model shares the identical inverted bearing and modular platter design which takes the resolution, noise floor and channel separation to a whole other level. Each set of inverted bearing and modular platters are cnc milled using solely state of the art milling machines, designed in collaboration with tribology and hydrodynamics consultants from Purdue University Department of Engineering.
By employing a modular platter architecture, the user may contour the playback characteristics of the Garrard 401 Statement to a degree as each upper material selection will allow for a slightly different presentation. Material selections available: Copper alloy, Magnesium, 7075 Aluminum, Inox Stainless Steel. Please consult me directly for an explanation of unique playback differences between the various alloy selections. Pure Copper remains the preferred interface therefore remains our defacto material choice.
Artisan Fidelity Statement series plinths exhibit natural tonality in conjunction with superb timbre, coupled with a weighty, rich musical presentation. In short, the most musical, natural sound we have yet to hear. Aside from sharing base design architecture and remaining factory parts restoration procedures, this platform employs proprietary, resonant tuned by ear premium, hand selected tonewood, layered hardwood and composite based high mass plinths in conjunction with numerous proprietary, state-of-the-art computerized numerical control machined precision critical high tolerance parts and polished continuous cast pure Copper internal wiring which as a sum whole represent a vast upgrade in both playback capabilities, lower noise floor, increased resolution, technical quality and integrity over stock vintage factory components. Integrated Stillpoints isolation technology remains employed in Statement models for further resonance control and for management of undesirable system based acoustic feedback and environmental based airborne vibrations including equipment related intermodulation distortion.
Elimination of stock factory Garrard idler wheel constitutes another engineered design model enhancement. We have developed a state of the art, precision cnc machined austenitic steel idler wheel with cnc ground center pin measuring zero run-out, physical surface running edge consists of a molded rubber composite. The diameter of the Statement idler wheel matched factory English Garrard specifications to within "0.002. The result translates immediately during first listen, increased clarity, focus and inner resolution across the audible frequency spectrum. In addition to a modern idler wheel design, we have also opted to replace the factory motor spindle pulley with precision cnc machined Marine Brass and Austentic Steel motor pulley variants. Again, through the application of computer aided design, drafting and automation in conjunction with superior metal alloy selections, we were able to achieve superior playback results over stock pulleys. The Garrard 401 Statement models additionally feature state of the art, cnc machined Eddy Current Brake Discs fabricated from a solid billet of heat treated, aircraft grade 6061-T651 aluminum. The precision tolerances allow a sheer, slip fit over existing factory Garrard 401 motor spindles with no additional slop, or play. The design ensures accuracy during playback, minimizing any residual wobble and consequential vibrations from propagating through the flywheel, motor and mechanical facilities.
Instrument net weight range - 33kgs. ~ 73lbs / 35kgs. ~ 78lbs.
Tonearm compatibility - 9" - 12" Effective Length / Dual and Single layout options available.
Using solely the fundamental mechanical design architecture and re engineering a classic transcription turntable like the Garrard 401 requires extraordinary skill, dedication, painstaking attention to details and a level of passion few will ever realize. Our level of commitment is unsurpassed in the area of transforming classic analog playback instruments which have easily stood the test of time into analog record playback devices for the modern era designed to perform at a reference level, in any arena. A small, highly skilled and dedicated team of mechanical engineers, master woodworkers, designers, finishers, visionaries and artisans are who we are, producing the worlds finest modern classics, hand crafted, individually tuned by ear and precision engineered to last a lifetime. The word masterpiece truly defines the quality and musicality of our flagship Garrard plinth, which is a feast for both the eyes and the ears.
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