In the garage I have my old Harmon Kardon head/amp with a Garrard turntable and a Teac dual cassette player and a CD player. I listen through 4 Cerwin Vegas. Can shake the windows.
Hey! Which Garrard turntable are you using?
The very first turntable I bought in 1974 was a Garrard SL95B equipped with a Shure M91ED cartridge. I still have it in storage:
It was a lovely turntable and more than adequate for my purposes for many years. I replaced it in 2008 or so with a Thorens TD 240 turntable:
I equipped it with a top of the line Ortofon 2m Black cartridge with a Shibata line stylus which ostensibly reaches deeper into the grooves thus bypassing the wear imparted by any previous stylii.
The improvement I got in fidelity was dramatic! I still aspire to acquire a Thorens TD 350 at some point though:
I was also lucky enough to acquire a brand spanking new Garrard GT55 with no base off Ebay a few years ago:
My plan is/was to get a thick custom base consisting of alternating layers of acoustically dead baltic birch with some sort of dark oak or walnut veneer custom built for it by a local felow. I’m going to try to keep the same basic shape as the stock GT55 base had though. The end product should therefore look a lot like this only at least twice as thick/tall:
I thought I’d then mate it up to an Ortofon 2m Bronze cartridge and set it up in the master bedroom with my vintage Sansui amplifier and my BIC floorstanders. What threw a wrench into the works though is it turned out that the tonearm was missing the C6 slider. (I guess that’s why the turntable was still available and for sale.) Since the C6 was only used on this very end-of-the-line Garrard model, it was really difficult to find. It took me several years to track down a C6 but I now have two!