GARRARD 301

 

SWISSONOR

GARRARD 301

 

THE SCHICK PLINTH   

 

Garrard 301 / Garrard 401 / Custom

Plinth Technical Summary

 

The plinth material comes from the industrial tooling industry, and has the following characteristics : 

 

  • It has the appearance of a stone or of fine suit fabric

  • The material is a high-density polymer

  • This material has almost ideal damping characteristics. It dampens but is not "dead"

  • High and low frequencies can be absorbed very quickly in the material

  • Unlike hard materials there will be no vibration energy stored

  • It is heavy, but not too heavy. Heavier than wood, but lighter than slate or stone. Heavy material tends to store the vibration energy longer but often these do not absorb it

  • Due to the high mass of such a material it will resonate later, resulting in a smeared sound 

  • Materials which absorb only low or high vibrations, result in an unbalanced sound

  • The material is also extremely dimensionally stable

  • It barely moves at temperature differences that exist in living rooms – it practically does not move at all – unlike wood 

  • These positive characteristics however are reflected in a high material price ...

  • ... it is about seven times more expensive than mahogany !

  • However, the related CNC process allows for an affordable production cost

  • The machining also allows tailored cutouts for bearing and motor

  • The design allows clumsy levers and and adjustment bars to be omitted

  • The plinth fits the record player like a glove

 

Thus, I achieved greater stability than regular large area cutout plinths from any other material

With a Garrard 301/401, a Thorens TD124 or a Technics SP10 you can easily surpass the performance of most turntables costing multiples more.

 

Isolation Feet

Every plinth is delivered with three magnetically damped feet, which have a very good damping in the vertical direction, but are not able to swing sideways. This avoids the feeling of a wobbly sub-chassis and the negative effect of circular movement of the turntable.

 

By the way, that was exactly the research result when EMT designed the damping feet for their 950 model

Features & Pricing

 

  • Standard Plinths available for :

    • Garrard 301​

    • Garrard 401

    • Thorens TD124

    • Technics SP10

    • EMT 950

  • The plinth can be ordered for a 12" arm or for a 9" arm

  • The 12 inch plinth can host one 12 inch, and an ad­di­tio­nal 9 inch arm

  • Choice of tonearm base at order : 12" or 9"

  • The base has an e­ccen­tric moun­ting ho­le, and can ac­com­mo­da­te a lar­ge ran­ge of to­ne­arms

  • Dimensions  Plinth 12 :  60 x 50 cm 

  • Dimensions  Plinth  9 :  50 x 43 cm

  • Weight - example with Garrard 301 :  around 30kg / 66lbs

If you have a  turntable other than the ones listed above, Thomas will glad­ly custom-make a Schick plinth for you.

Availability  -  6 week delivery lead time

Plinth 12  -  $ 4500

Plinth  9  -  $ 4100

Shipping & Insurance  -  $ 125

Conditions  -  60% down at order

SPECIAL BUNDLE OFFER  with 9" OR 12" SCHICK TONEARM + 1 x GRAPHITE HEAD SHELL 

Plinth 12  -  $ 6000     /     Plinth 9  -  $ 5700

SPECIAL BUNDLE OFFER  with 9" AND 12" SCHICK TONEARM + 2 x GRAPHITE HEAD SHELL 

Plinth 12 +9  -  $ 7400

GALLERY

THE SWISSONOR RT 

 

Voltage Regulation Autotransformer​ for all asynchronous motor speed control

 

Garrard 301 / Garrard 401 

Features & Pricing

The RTR is a separate device, in a shielded cast iron case, compact, ... as used for our Mini-Series Components such as the P, the PP or the PPP.

It comes with a mains cable and a shielded cable to connect to the AC input of the turntable -- via a small "sugar-cube".

 

It is an adjustable autotransformer, usable between 110V and 230V nominal.
 

The voltage level is regulated by rotation of the button, continuously and without adding distortion. This allows fine adjustment of the speed without using the brake, ... respectively without "braking to death" to reach the right speed.
 

Works with all asynchronous motor boards, such as Garrard 301, Garrard 401, Thorens TD 135, TD 124.
 

Typically, the right speed is reached between 180 and 200V. We still use the eddy current feature of the 124, but only slightly ... to ensure a defined tension of the belt (avoid floating).
 
Extends the life of the motor and the drive, reduces the acoustic noise of the drive, and improves the sound quality."

$1,250  /  SOP   $1,100

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