Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company

Garrard Engineering And Manufacturing Company

Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company

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The Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company of Swindon, Wiltshire was a British company which was famous for producing high-quality gramophone turntables. It was formed by the jewellers Garrard & Co in 1915 to create precision rangefinders, as they had the specialist equipment necessary. The company was sold to Plessey, an electronics conglomerate, in 1960. During the period 1976-1978, Garrard developed demonstrators of the novel video disc technology. Although the team recognised the future potential of this data storage technology, Plessey chose not to invest, so this, and other innovative technologies under development, were abandoned thus denying the UK a leading position in disc storage technology (CD/DVD/Blu-ray). After several years in decline, Garrard was sold by Plessey to Gradiente Electronics of Brazil in 1979 and series production was moved to Brazil (Manaus). The remaining Garrard research and development operation in Swindon was reduced to a skeleton operation until completely shut down in 1992. Then, Gradiente licensed the Garrard name to Terence O'Sullivan, now doing business as Garrard and Loricraft Audio, since 1997.

The Garrard 301 and 401 Transcription Turntables

The Garrard 301 Transcription Turntable was the first transcription turntable from the Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company that supported all extant commercial playback formats – the 33, 45 and 78 rpm records of the time. The first model was called the Garrard 301. The...
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