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Originally Posted by Class A
Recently SME came out w/a rebuilt Gerrard 301 TT. Original price was around $99. Adjust for inflation around $700. The new model is about 20K. Probably an excellent TT. But is it really a Gerrard? Or a high end TT w/a Gerrard nameplate. If you could find an original Gerrard 301 does it have the same sound signature as the new restored model? Your thoughts.
It’s Garrard. No matter. The December Stereophile magazine reviews the new 301 and answers all of your questions. To summarize, yes it’s a new 301 and uses a lot of NOS or similar parts. It’s meant to be as identical as possible to the original. The reviewer, who has extensive experience with vintage 301’s loved it.
It’s $23.5k and he discusses the price. It uses a $3100.00 SME tonearm. Basically it’s a luxury good and there is a market but you can buy a vintage 301 for between 2-3 grand. Cost to rebuild is $500-$1500. You’d need a plinth too but ultimately a rebuilt 301 would be far less expensive.
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