GARRARD 1 & 1a

Garrard 1: 1919. The very first Garrard spring motor

  • Double spring and capable of playing three 12” records
  • Two 1” springs
  • Gears are machine cut. Note the square-tooth gears on the spring case winder
  • Hardened steel bottom plate
  • Cast frame being stove enamelled
  • All steel parts heavily plated
  • Supplied with 12” turntable, brake and speed indicator
  • The Garrard 1 fitted to, The Three Muses Repeating Gramophone
Model Date Frame Governor Features Spring # Width x Thickness Spring Length Outer End Inner End
Garrard 1 1919 Cast with flat steel base plate Ball. Dial controlled Square-tooth gears on the spring case winder Double 1" x 0.024" 13' 3" Pear shape Hole

Garrard 1a: Feb 1922 Brit Industries Fair Improved 1a. £4. 4s. 0d.

  • Governor bearing made of gun metal
  • Improved, quieter ratchet winder
  • Square-tooth gears replaced by very efficient and quiet Helical gears. These were used to reduce the number of gears by being able to adjust the rotation angle by 90 deg. when mounted on perpendicular shafts. Also increasing gear ratio range up to 10:1.
  • Supplied with 12” pressed steel turntable*, winder, brake, speed indicator and fibre lined escutcheon
  • Here is an excellent The Talking Machine Forum page featuring a Garrard 1a
Model Date Frame Governor Features Spring # Width x Thickness Spring Length Outer End Inner End
Garrard 1a Feb 1922 Cast with flat steel base plate Ball. Dial controlled Helix gears on the spring case winder. Improved ratchet winder Double 1" x 0.024" 13' 3" Pear shape Hole

Motor pictures courtesy of Graham Rankin.

1927 G.A.B Trade catalogue page courtesy of Roger Mackey

Here is a quick reference page for Garrard Spring Motors.