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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Garrard 301's alternative use - the Primitive turntable... next step: vase making;-)


Garrardzilla proved to be a beast in every sense... the Garrard and its (was writing his;-))) Tesla motor ALWAYS suffered of faster spinning-syndrome... Loricraft and others used an old school method - i.e. running in parallel a bulb to absorb some voltage, thus obtaining proper speed... someone else modified brass pulley to correct speed... I (humbly) choose the (critical;-)) mass approach... the 13 kilos bronze platter runs 33.33 flat with or without arm/cartridge and also carbon-fiber bristles brush doesn't effect that much the platter spinning.

That's what I tried, as I VERY cheaply obtained a fourth turntable... I bought a cheap, yet superb bearing spindle and a 3.5 kilos stainless steel platter, had a solid slate cm 35 x 35 "bullion" made same heigth of my Garrardzilla 301 and polished it with oil and ONLY made a center, very stiff and precise hole for bearing... bolted bearing to slate and mounted the platter and put on 301's lefthand side...

Voilà... some 150 mm silk wire and tensioned it between the flywheel/motor (301) and the super silent extra vibes-free very basic turntable... a second armbase and here we go!

So, EMT 930st, Lenco G88 with Kimura RS1A, Primitive (the above described motor-less beast/freak) and Garrardzilla 301, as also 301 itself improved with the added passive fly-wheel mass... this is my podium, from lower to higher rank;-)

The silk run Primitive is playing - soundwise - more beefy and macho with subtleties, more idler-wheel-like than the expected lightness of a tape/silk/belt driven turntable...

Strange and intriguing...

You can use both turntables, as while 301 spins itself and Primitive, as well, nothing negative happens... no hot motor or... nothing wrong, only music.

In a next life I could increase Primitive platter weight...

What represents the above? A 301's (bulky) accessory, a joke, an attempt?!? ... dunno, yet an interesting experience... not sillier than some platter underside fly-wheel, belt driven, idler-wheel-less 301's, anyway!

... and, let me finish lightly, as 301 never ends to surprise me: it's tweaker dream come true... and definitely NOT a poor-man Micro 8000;-)

I already see an older, deaf me... spinning ol' trusty'n'rusty;-) 301 as a vase making spinning gear...

More serious pixes of the weirdo will follow, of course...

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