My latest acquisition of a splendid vintage Garrard turntable has turned from a simple restoration to something of an epic job.
Garrard Zero 100SB
All was going well. I had got it working well and was about to re unite it with it’s plinth. Then
I dropped it. Now it’s time to repair the new damage. Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable. Transplant surgery.”
By combining induction techniques for torque and synchronous operation for speed precision, Garrard produced a motor which was revolutionary for its time.
Garrard Synchro-lab motor
An unfortunate moment of butter fingers led to the demise of this one when I dropped the turntable it was inside.
Weighing in at 3/4 of a kilo it fell hard. Hopefully I can fix it. Continue reading “Garrard Synchro lab motor repair for Zero 100 SB turntable”
This recently purchased classic 1970’s British turntable was, for the most part, in excellent condition.
Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable
However it was described as “faulty”, which indeed it is. So let’s fix it.
Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB automatic turntable. The restoration”
Working on old turntables can be like stuffing an octopus in a string bag.
Turntable work stand.
I built this to help.
Continue reading “Turntable work stand”
One of those usually ill advised late night eBay shopping trips led me to a short half hour drive to collect my purchase.
Garrard Zero 100SB
I got more than I bargained for. In a good way.
Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable, reel to reel tapes and banter.”
With over 340 hours on the clock of my cartridge and stylus it was time to change.
NAGAOKA MP110 on Dual 505ii
Here we have a moving magnet from Japan which reviews well. Lets see.
Continue reading “Nagaoka MP110 Cartridge. First impressions.”
I’m somewhat paranoid about using my record stylus for longer than I should and causing damage.
Tally counter at 900
I use tally counters and keep comprehensive records. This tells me it’s time for a change. Now that I have some data, It’s interesting to see how my listening habits stand up to scrutiny.
Continue reading “Keeping track of my stylus use”
My main system is quite a stable affair. The Amp, turntable and speakers have not changed in over a decade. The same cannot be said of the workshop system.
Workshop System August 2020
This system constantly has components swapped in and out as I test and work on them. This time though, it was quite a big change.
Continue reading “Swapping gear in the workshop system”
Two record players from the golden age of the 7 inch single.
Dansette vs Elizabethan
One is very desirable because of the brand, the other less so. Are they that different though?
Continue reading “Dansette Senator vs Elizabethan Pop-10”
In defence of the Crossly Cruiser I present the Fidelity FE42 portable record player.
Fidelity HF42 Portable
It’s easy for my generation to have a pop at the cheap and cheerful portable record players available from supermarkets and record shops today. As our entry to the hobby many of us used gear like this, bought from Woolworths. Let he who is without sin ..
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