Classic 301 and 401 transcription turntables are now available as officially approved "Factory Restorations". Loricraft is the acknowledged leader in the restoration of these Classic units which were launched 50 years ago.
Due to pressure of work and limited production capacity we concentrate mainly on producing restored turntables in a plinth with a pickup arm.
Audio-Life now have a Garrard 401 in a Loricraft plinth on demonstration at their studio in Holland and have details of other Loricraft/Garrard products. Please check out their website for full details.
Dominic received his rebuilt 401 with Naim Aro arm and skeletal plinth in Nov 2007 and you can see photos of it and read the appreciative reactions to it in the forums he posted to.
Barry T, one of our North American customers wrote to us saying. "As to the restoration of Tom's 301, if I had not seen the "before", I would not have believed the "after". WOW, what a super job!!!!!"
P.S. from Switzerland wrote: "Dear Terry, your Garrard 301, fitted with the Ortofon AS309i arm, is the very, very best turntable I ever played or heard!". We did a full service on his 301 and mounted it in a 12" Ash plinth with the motor board drilled for the Ortofon 301 arm.
We are always interested in purchasing 301s and 401s of any quality. They can always be used for spares, and may be suitable for complete refurbishment as described below. We can also do this for your own 301 0r 401 turtables.
In summary, units can be shotblasted, re-enamelled, platters can be remachined, bearings can be rebuilt up to at least the original Garrard specifications, and knobs and linkages can be replated or replaced. Once the restoration has been completed, the units are subjected to several days of running in when they are checked and adjusted. Test equipment and special construction jigs used in the old Garrard factory before it was closed enable us to guarantee the units are set up to the original specifications.
We can supply Garrard turntables in the "Classic " original form, or restore your own unit to the condition that made these decks a legend. A number of arms such as the Rega RB300 and SME can be be factory fitted to them if required.
Among the many favourable press reviews are these:-
To help you choose what you want to do, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions, FAQ, about the Garrard 301, and 401.
Here is some of the engineering work we carry out on the units as part of the servicing and restoration work.
When buying a second hand Garrard 301 or 401, be aware of the need to pay a sensible price as much of the above work may still be necessary. Judging by the state of some units sent to us for servicing, after being purchased on the Internet, some of the descriptions of the quality are optimistic or based on superficial observations. Some dealers have proudly told us that they never touch the internals of the turntables because they are so well made. We leave it to your judgment as to whether you share their faith!
Typical prices are given because we make to order, so we are dependent on costs of the units we have to purchase and the costs of sourcing small runs of replacement parts.The prices of the restored 301/401 turntables in plinths with arm boards but no pickup arm are typically about
Please note, Loricraft Audio are licensed to use the original Garrard trademark. Wherever possible, we source from the original supplier to the Garrard company. A considerable amount of help has been given by many of the original employees giving us a unique ability to recreate to the original specification. We are very dubious about modifications to Garrard turntables, not least because the design is so durable if left as intended. We would like to thank everyone for the patient help offered to us by so many enthusiasts. Some projects have taken literally years to research.
We don't keep spares 301s and 401s and the many other models and variants as they are hard to find or remanufacture and they are needed for our own restoration work. Please click here to see links to other web sites which supply needles/manuals etc. for other Garrard models like the Zero 100. Please let us know if you are aware of other sites we should include.
We are always glad to hear from other enthusiasts who collect and restore the old classic turntables who might be able to help with the other models or the supply of spares. Where we can't solve the problems, we try to forward requests to enthusiasts who might. Please get in touch if you want to be involved. Links to web sites where repairs might be possible or question can be asked are included in our favourite links section. Please let us know if you are aware of others we should add.
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