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Garrard 401 turntable in mahogany-veneered birch-ply plinth

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Item Condition: Excellent
Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost.
Suburb or Town: Cheltenham
State: SA
Payment Method: EFT, Cash on pickup
Reason for selling: Going low-mass

Further Information

This is the more desirable early version (c. 1966) of this classic turntable.  I bought it from a UK dealer at about the turn of the century, and it has given trouble-free service since. 


The turntable is unmodified apart from the fitting of an SMD spindle bearing thrust pad from Peak HiFi; the original thrust pad is still serviceable and can be easily reinstated if desired. The platter mat is original. 


The bespoke dust cover is held in place by a pair of Linn Sondek hinges, which allow it to be lifted off when the turntable is in use. (Note that they will not hold the cover in the open position unaided as they do the smaller Linn cover.) 


An IEC socket at the back of the plinth permits the use of removable power cords. Arm-boards attach to captive nuts in the plinth. Two homemade hardwood arm-boards are included: one blank, the other drilled for a 226mm pivot-to-spindle Hadcock arm. The plinth sits on hemispheric Sorbothane feet. Overall dimensions with dust cover in place are 54 x 43 x 20.5cm. 


This is a somewhat grudging sale, as the unit has been a constant pleasure both to use and to look at; however, practical considerations are drawing me away from large, heavy components to alternatives with smaller, lighter footprints.  


Exclusion: The (Hadcock GH242 Integra) tonearm in the photographs is not included in the sale and will be listed separately.


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