Garrard RC 121 Mk II Auto 4 spd turntable EV cartridge
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Sold Date: 04/03/2010
Channel: Online Auction
Offered for your consideration is a completely rebuilt Stereo Garrard record changer in excellent restored condition. I've put many cycles of records through this machine and it performs perfect and plays beautiful. It is a perfect player to enjoy those old 45's and I like it for playing multiple LP's too. Its funny, another 500.00 CD player broke this week (JVC), that makes at least 10 CD players in the last 10 years that have crapped out and are now garbage, yet this turntable from 1957 still plays and performs perfect.This turntable is pretty! The plinth is real wood and is original to the turntable. It was hand sanded and then re-coated with Minwax Bombay Mahogany PolyShade finish. T are 8 coats of Minwax poly stain all hand sanded between each coat for a mirror smooth finish. Then t are another 10 coats of Minwax clear polyurethane also hand sanded between each coat to create a mirror clear reflective finish like piano black but in Bombay Mahogany color. Countless hours were spent to create this outstanding reflective finish on the plinth. You can see in the pictures that reflections in the finish are crystal clear. This unit has a removable 3 prong Garrard head-shell with an Electrovoice Model 21 cartridge and a brand new diamond stylus. The original stylus is also included and may still be good but I wanted to get a new one because I had to use my vinyls for testing. The service manual recommends up to 11 grams of stylus force but I have it set at 3.5 grams and it plays perfect from the lead-in grove to the ejection groves. The total performance of the turntable is flawless at all speeds and was tested with LP's and 45's for correct lead-in drop down and to recycle to the next record stacked on the spindle. The turntable has a brand new original idler rubber wheel, a new stylus, and a brand new 45 RPM 7 inch record adapter. The turntable was completely disassembled, old grease was removed then new oils and grease were added during re-assembly. All functions work, all speeds work, even at 16 RPM which is the most difficult to operate works perfect. This table runs very strong, album after album in a stack or one at a time. Four new quality rubber feet were added to the bottom of the plinth for very stable footing and it gives the table adequate lift so that the cables can be easily routed out the back to your amp. Every piece was cleaned, detailed, waxed or polished before re-assembly for a truly outstanding and looking turntable. A previous owner had installed a switch to go from stereo to mono which was mounted at the back of the plinth. I removed all this wiring and made the table straight stereo. I also plugged the hole with a stainless steel plug which can be seen in the pictures. The arm rest has a broken off catch lever. The arm rest works fine without this lever. It was only meant to lock the arm onto the rest. It is replaceable so it can be added by anyone at a future date. That is the only flaw this table has. This will be a no reserve auction. I am going to start the bidding at the dollar amount (not labor) that I have spent to bring this table into this stunning condition. I spent many hours on this table. Hopefully the market will appreciate the work and quality of this unit. Shipping is offered worldwide. It will be well packed for safe delivery. The shipping calculator in Ebay is only an estimate. Shipping costs will only be the actual cost charged by the shipper except for 5.00 which covers the packing materials I use. This will be heavily boxed and padded with foam packing boards from Lowes or Home Depot. I will recycle boxes and packing materials to save on costs. If t is any over I DO NOT keep shipping money, I sell audio gear and not shipping services.
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