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Audio Grail Hammertone 301
Audio Grail is an established professional company dedicated to the finest detailed restorations of Garrard 301 and 401 turntables.
We work in conjunction with experienced specialist paint finish and antique plating companies to achieve tasteful restorations of the highest quality. In total close to 120 years of professional experience is afforded to each of our Garrard 301 units.
The Hammertone unit available for sale has been a true labor of love, over 7 years of research and great expense has gone into matching the stove enamel hammertone finish as closely as possible to the original finish in addition to sourcing the ‘raised text’ fascia plates found on only the earliest 301’s. Please view the information, images and films (Speed and Play testing) below for further information
The short film below details and displays some of the works Audio Grail undertakes in the complete restoration of our Garrard 301 units
This unit has been professionally acid stripped removing all traces of the flaking original Hammertone paint. The chassis and platter were then etch primed and coated with Audio Grails unique Hammertone Stove enamel. Once the perfect finish had been achieved the chassis and platter were then baked at 110 degrees to ‘stove’ the finish. It should be noted that no ‘off the shelf’ or traditional ‘wet spray’ comes close to the durability and finish of the specially mixed stove enamel used by Audio Grail.
Please see below for a comparison between the Audio Grail / Original Garrard and Shindo hammertone finishes
The original Garrard factory raised text fascia plates suffer from ‘pitting’ to the enamel . In order to achieve the highest level of authentic restoration we have produced some exact Raised Text reproductions. These plates are then furnished to our units with our bespoke tooling:
To create the finest finish, each nut, bolt, washer, screw and associated linkage is ‘strung’ individually prior to acid stripping and plating. Our linkages are not ‘tumbled’ which produces an inferior finish. Once stripped the components are electroplated uniformly with a ‘yellowed’ Zink (This superb finish was chosen as Cadmium is poisonous) The results are spotlessly clean mechanical components that function perfectly, look factory fresh, gleam like treasure and are preserved for another 50 years of function
One of the main sonic detractors with even New Old Stock 301’s is the problem of ‘Rumble’. A significant factor in the cause of rumble in the 301 is the deformation / distortion of the idler wheel. A flat or warped idler wheel will ‘thud’ on the platter transferring the noise straight to the stylus that acts as a microphone. The idler wheel of this 301 is brand new (From perfect sound) and of the highest possible quality in terms of manufacture and silent function
The idler wheel you will note from the images above has a perfectly flat running face not rounded or worn, with no buckle to cause excessive rumble.
The non strobe platter of this AG Hammertone unit has been professionally finished in our unique Hammertone stove enamel. The early Garrard platter mat is 100% original Garrard factory issue yet wonderfully supple and capable of dampening the platter correctly.
This 301 has been professionally stripped, measured and rebuilt by Audio Grail in our Devonshire workshop to achieve the highest possible standard of mechanical function of the Original Garrard major components
Spindle / Bearing / Housing
The Original Grease bearing, housing ,spindle and thrust bearing have been Ultrasonically cleaned professionally with medical engineering grade detergent (Exploding millions of bubbles over the surface of the objects to remove decades worth of built up detritus and deposits both internally and externally.) All components are then machine polished prior to reassembly
Motor strip and service
The shaded pole induction motor of this 301 has been Completely stripped including the top and bottom bushes which are held in place buy rivets. Removing the riveted bottom plate allows access to the bottom spherical bearing felt oil-retaining washer. It is critical for these components to be completely cleaned and the porous bushings to be heat cleansed and re-soaked in oil for the full potential of the Garrard 301 to be realized (Please see images below) This process frees up the bearings perfectly ready for precise alignment
All of the delicate springs on the 301 are vital in terms of functionality. The motor springs isolate vibration coupled with rubber sleeves. Often these are stretched. The affect of this is a motor that is noisy in operation. (The motor will not hang correctly in its ‘cage’ causing uneven wear to the motor bushings and idler wheel.) The idler wheel springs are critical in order to ensure correct engagement of the idler against the pulley. The pitch linkage features three small springs, which are often stretched causing difficulty with pitch control. The 301 available here features a completely new set of springs and rubber sleeves ensuring the finest possible function
All Audio Grail 301’s come replete with: A brand new brake pad, Spark suppressor, set of mounting bolts and idler housing grommets. All electrical connection points are treated with Deoxit Gold TM
Functionality & Sound
Please view the two short films below which show this unit being speed and play tested
The result of the servicing and restoration works completed on this 301 are second to none. The unit powers up instantly whilst remaining very, very quiet and smooth.
To test the unit it was mounted first on an Audio Grail 8 layer cherry and maple wood plinth coupled with a Kondo wired SME 312s tonearm, Koetsu Coralstone cartridge, Airtight ATC-2 Pre amp into an Air Tight ATM 300 (300B) power amp connected to 15” Tannoy red dual concentric speakers in GRF enclosures. The musicality proved to be exceptional and sublime. The famed 301 slam was of course exciting and engaging – No listening fatigue here!.
Audio Grail Certificate of works:
All our units are shipped in bespoke double boxes with ethafoam cut outs to ensure safe transport of your unit.
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Some recent feedback on Garrard units sold by Audio grail on eBay
Please also view our Garrard 301 buyers guide in our ‘Me’ pages that outlines the importance of servicing and offers details of our company, ethos and dedication to the highest quality restoration of the Garrard 301
It should be noted that this is a 50Hz UK Garrard 301 – A 60Hz pulley can be supplied free of charge if required by the winning bidder.
We ship via courier with full online tracking. Please note a signature will be required upon delivery
Flat cost of shipping including £50 insurance ONLY.
UK – Next Day Delivery = Free EUROPE – 2-3 day delivery via UPS = £40 USA 1-4 day delivery via DHL = £60 ASIA 1-4 day delivery via DHL = £76
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