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 Post subject: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:15 am 
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https://www.clevedon-salerooms.com/sale ... list&q=334

Here we have a Garrard 301 turntable housed in an EMG base. The auctioneer's estimate is £30/£50.

Even a superficial attempt at research reveals that the Garrard 301 introduced in 1954 is an iconic design which is highly sought after by vintage hi-fi enthusiasts, and a look at the "Sold" examples on eBay shows that they sell from £700 to over £1000.

Not for the first time, the auctioneers have failed to identify EMG items. Not so long ago they were surprised by the price achieved by a battered EMG Oversize machine, and they will no doubt be surprised again when Lot 334 comes under the hammer.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:39 am 
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Yes indeed, I'd spotted that too. Unfortunately whoever buys it will almost certainly do so for the Garrard 301 alone, to be overhauled and made into a high-end turntable in a new plinth, and they might have no idea of the importance of the cabinet. I hope to goodness it doesn't get junked!
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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Wish I had the money for the lot, I’d buy it for the cabinet and sell the deck


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Sold for £1200 excluding Buyer's premium. A pleasant surprise for the seller, who was expecting nearer the auctioneer's estimate of £30/£50.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Sold for £1200 excluding Buyer's premium. A pleasant surprise for the seller, who was expecting nearer the auctioneer's estimate of £30/£50.

Apart from perhaps to the seller as you say, no surprise there - unless damaged, the Decca FFRR arm and cartridge are valuable as well as the 301. I just hope the buyer is into EMGs as well as classic hi fi!
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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Orchorsol wrote:
I just hope the buyer is into EMGs as well as classic hi fi!


Well...yes he is. Some may remember a certain home-made, very distressed and wood-wormed EMG base unit I bought from the same auctioneers just over a year ago which had to be burned---see attached photo. It really was complete serendipity that the exactly correct original replacement happened to come up in the same room for sale this week. Clearly I had to be there to try to bring it home.

There were no bids in the room but plenty on the books and bidding started at £1,100. I was able to buy quickly. I am, of course, thrilled with the purchase and currently engaged in re-converting to full original, spring-driven, EMG Mk Xb Oversize specification as I have most parts in stock and can make the rest---a labour of huge joy.

The Garrard 301 works perfectly and Decca ffss MKI tone arm and ffss MKII pick-up head seem to be in good order but may need rebuilding. There is also the ingenious Auriol cueing and lift system which is beautifully engineered and in full working order. I am now considering various options of well-built wooden cases in which to install which would then feed into a Leak/Tannoy system.

The auctioneer knows nothing of the history of this high quality confection, which I think may have come from an Estate sale, but it was certainly carried out by a competent and keen enthusiast many decades ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:50 am 
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Well bought Graham. It's future is now assured and I look forward to seeing it later this month.

Roger.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Congratulations, Graham!

Bill


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Another Oversize back from the dead!


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual alliance of Garrard and EMG
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Top result all round! And ultimately, considering the value of all of the components, a very reasonable cost.
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