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Offline WhoIsJOB

Old Garrard TT advice
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:24:22 PM »
Found this standing in an abandoned cupboard/drawer at friends' home in Riversdale, Western Cape.
How would one go about getting it in working condition without breaking the bank? (I have never had anything to do with Vinyl or TT's and thus I'm asking the pros)
My thoughts were:
1) get a NAD 3020 and a pair of AR 310 HO speakers I can get on Marketplace from a reputed seller and restore the Garrard
2) restore the Garrard and get the NAD 3020 to run into the existing Pioneer home theater system where most music is played currently.







Help is welcome, especially for restoring the Garrard.
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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 09:13:59 PM »
That model is really not worth the effort.
You will do far better buying a freshly inspected, serviced and guaranteed 2nd hand TT from a reputable TT fiddler.
Talk to @alternativeroute and @Musicman - they are in CT.
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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 09:52:52 PM »
That model is really not worth the effort.
You will do far better buying a freshly inspected, serviced and guaranteed 2nd hand TT from a reputable TT fiddler.
Talk to @alternativeroute and @Musicman - they are in CT.

Thanks for the reply :)
Will maybe give it a clean and leave as a decoration then.
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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 06:35:49 AM »
Will maybe give it a clean and leave as a decoration then.

Sounds like a plan.  Have to agree with @fdlsys - it won't be worth your while to repair this specific model.
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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 04:24:03 PM »
The NAD3020 and AR speakers...definitely use that. The Garrard....fiddle if you have a few hours of time on your hands and if the rubbers are ok......and if feeling enthusiastic...clean it...set it up...have a listen to some expendible vinyl. Dont spend money on it. All this..if you are itching to hear how she sings..thats an SP25 with a laboratory series motor and metal construction...probably one of the better tables..and motors in their low/middle production.
« Last Edit: September 15, 2020, 04:31:20 PM by marantz123 »

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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2020, 09:15:42 PM »
... The Garrard....fiddle if you have a few hours of time on your hands and if the rubbers are ok.......
Incorrect headshell on it and he'll likely never find the original.
Even if he finds one, it will likely be cracked or completely broken - 50 years does that to plastic.
Waste of time IMO.

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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 09:15:47 PM »
Someone recommends that type of headshell..definitely not original though, good vinyl will live in fear...maybe bad vinyl too.

https://fabricioalvarado.com/garrard-sp25-cartridge/
« Last Edit: September 16, 2020, 09:24:47 PM by marantz123 »

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Re: Old Garrard TT advice
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2021, 01:10:18 AM »
I'm less negative than other posters on this topic. There were lots of these Garrard SP25 turntables made and I suspect you could find the right headshell. That idler drive is likely to sound better than a budget belt drive.

For restoration, search 'Garrard SP25 restoration'. E.g. This is the first hit that came up for me: https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/showthread.php?t=162716 The posters on that forum are well-informed.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2021, 01:13:11 AM by Qualityten »