Garrard 5 HF
At left you see an edited picture from an advertisement in a record collector's magazine from 1963. It is the beautifully designed Garrard 5 HF record player on a matching plinth. The turntable has 4 speeds: 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. According to the advertisement the platter weighs 2 kg. There is a knob at the front at right for adjusting the speed (+/- 5%) if there is a deviation. This facility is specifically important when playing old shellac records which were not always cut at 78 RPM, but at 80 RPM or whatever speed the manufacturer of the early days adopted. The deck has a heavy arm, suitable for a ceramic or crystal pick up. But also low compliance moving magnet types of phono cartridges can be used.
The TPA 12 Arm
This mono cartridge was introduced in 1957 together with the TPA-10 transcription arm which had a facility to adjust the effective length. Both the TPA10 and TPA 12 had the detachable, 3-pin headshell, a welcome feature which made changing cartridges very easy.
The single 4 HF record deck is similar to No. 5. The difference lies in the plinth or trunk.