Michael Zimon's Garrard 401 in custom plinth with Two Arms
After I finished my previous project "New life for a 55 year old Thorens TD-124" you can find out about it here: Link
I realized that I really want to make a turntable with two tonearms. Although I had a second Thorens TD-124, it was not suitable for this purpose,
because the cartridge of the second tonearm passed over the Thorens TD-124 magnetic brake magnet. So I decided to use Garrard.
After analyzing the prices on the market, I chose the 401 model, which could not only be bought cheaper than the 301,
but had a number of advantages: a built-in strobe, an improved motor, and a modified external design.
After a short hunt on ebay in England, I was able to buy a Garrard 401 in very good condition and at an affordable price,
so I could start designing a plinth for two tonearms.
I had two tonearms, the first is the legendary SME 3012 MKII and the second is one of the best vintage Japanese tonearms Sony PUA – 286.
I decided that the plinth would be made of 8 layers of 16mm birch ply and after a long consideration of the design, the draft on paper was ready.
Now it was necessary to transfer it to a computer program understandable by the CNC machine.
My old friend Igor helped me transfer my draft into machine language, and now I only had to find a workshop to do the work.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 changed my plans somewhat and delayed the completion of the project by half a year.
But even this delay was not in vain. During this time, I have prepared all the necessary parts and materials.
In September I found a workshop with the necessary СNC machines and on 24.09 the work was finished.
So I had everything I needed for my new project and I immediately got to work.
All the work took two weeks and I can report the successful completion of the project.Detail: