Garrard Laboratory Series Auto Turntable Type A

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  1. DJdude

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    Hello out there~
    Well, we just recently finished fixing an amazing Mid-Century stereo console but happened upon another one this past weekend that may just one up the one we have currently.

    The console houses The Fisher FM-50 and The Fisher X-100 with two Jensen Tri-10 speakers and a Garrard Laboratory Series Auto Turntable Type A. It sounds fantastic but the turntable has a broken belt. Is this going to be an easy replacement? Are there replacement belts still available?

    Also, can someone tell us what the white mechanism is in the upper left corner of the turntable?

    Thank you, Thank you~
     

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  2. tcdriver

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    Congratulations on your Fisher console find.

    The Garrard Type A does not use a belt. It uses an idler wheel. There are a couple of people that can rebuild the idler wheel.

    That is the record stabilizer, used to hold the stack of records in place. If you check Youtube, you should be able to find videos that show the operation of a Garrard Type A. You have a great setup. Good listening. :music:
     
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  3. SA-708

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    It is part of the changer mechanism for playing LPs. I think it can be moved forward for use with 10" records too.

     
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    Yes, the idler wheel is easy to remove and ship.

    Terry's Rubber Rollers and The Voice Of Music both rebuild idler wheels. I have used neither service. So far I have been lucky enough to be able to clean and reuse the idler wheels that came with my Garrard record players.
     
  6. stereofisher

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    That's a beauty! My uncle had that Garrard! Got me started in audio back in '62! Been a great ride! Good luck!
     
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    Could it also be called the intermediate wheel? That's the only wheel I can find on the diagram.
     
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  9. gadget73

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    Different name, same animal. If you remove the platter, its the only thing under there that looks like a rubber tire.
     

     

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  10. DJdude

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    Removing the platter seems to be a trick. Or we are too afraid to force it.
     
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    Thank you for that info!!!
     
  12. gadget73

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    Pull the mat and the outer platter. Once thats off, remove the silver Garrard trim thing in the middle, and pull C clip holding down the inner platter. Put a plastic prybar or other similar type thing under the edge of the steel platter, apply light pressure, and whack the center of the platter with the handle of a screwdriver. It should pop right off.
     
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    We will give this a try tonight. Thank you~
     
  14. KentTeffeteller

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    This is a 1962 era Garrard idler drive changer. The most refined, latest version of the classic Pusher Platform record changer beginning with the RC 80 3 speed. You have the better tonearm which can track reliably at 3 grams. A Shure M 44-7 is a good cartridge candidate for the arm with current genuine stylus support and good Jico stylus options as well. The quintessential Garrard changer, a classic in the day and in that time frame used by many owners.
     
  15. DJdude

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    Okay, I did as you said but the "silver Garrard trim in the middle" does not really want to detach. Should I use some force? I have attached pictures of the middle minus the mat. Center 1.jpg Center.jpg Center.jpg
     
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    Small screwdriver in the slots around the trim piece should pop it out. Not under the shoulder part, you want inside of it. Be careful with it, its a thin aluminum plate and it will bend easily if you force it too much. Center.jpg
     
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  17. DJdude

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    Ohhhh, I was trying to get under it, not inside....this diagram is great, thanks....I'll try again tonight.
     

     

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  18. gadget73

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    Pull the spindle out too, it'll just be in your way. You also need to remove the outer platter for the same reason. The foam that has turned to dust under there will also want to be replaced. Use any thin padding material you have handy. I used something that came as packing material.
     
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    You are full of great information.....thank you!
     
  20. gadget73

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    I have two of these, so its more a case of "been there, done that".
     

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