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Thread: Need Advice- Artisan Fidelity Lenco 75 or AF Garrad 301 statement??

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    Join Date: May 2014

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    I'm gary.

    Default Need Advice- Artisan Fidelity Lenco 75 or AF Garrad 301 statement??

    Guys looking at these 2 tables( preowned) both about 1 yr. old- Not local-Question is how much better would the Artisan fidelity Statement 301 be vs. the AF Lenco 75- there is a dif. of about $8K between the 2- Chris at AF said the 301 is in a total different league but want your opinions- thanks- Gary

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    Hi Gary.

    A big part of AF's appeal is the whole pride-of-ownership thing ... beautiful craftsmanship and restoration work ... but at a price.
    We don't see much, if any, of their kit in Europe, but if you have the money, then I could see how the 301 could be your final turntable .... a family heirloom to be cherished for generations etc

    From a purely performance pov, there isn't 8 grand of difference, though (unless this is just 'play-money' for you). In fact, in performance terms, for that sort of overall outlay, I'd be looking for something like a Brinkmann, TW Acustic, STST, or my favourite Platine Verdier. I've done the grease-bearing 301 thing, and imho, there are better-performing turntables out there ... but they are expensive. Remember, the original appeal of restoring / modding Lencos and Garrards was that they were plentiful and cheap 25 years ago, and gave cash-strapped hobbyists a good level of performance for a few hundred bucks.
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    Given the two decks you list, it is my personal opinion that even a modded L75 can't out-perform a standard 301, so I'd go with the Garrard.
    Adam.

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    Join Date: Sep 2012

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    I'm mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    Given the two decks you list, it is my personal opinion that even a modded L75 can't out-perform a standard 301, so I'd go with the Garrard.
    This +1, I'd also suggest a 401 is superior to a 301 in all areas except balls out excitement.

    The caveat is you need to like what idlers do, they're not universally prefered over other decks. Spending that sort of money you need to be sure and listen to alternatives.....

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