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Hi all Thought it would be a good time to post a record of my Garrard 401 referbishment to still be viable in the 22nd Century From the beginning I had my mind set on certain aspects I wanted to be included, and I also wanted a sim pathetic refurb on the turntable itself as not to alter the original look and build wherever possible So the first thing on the list was a beautiful and audio worthy plank of wood to be used as a plinth This search took a while by visiting and investigating local timber merchants available stock In the end I found some Crows Ash, the timber merchant explained to me that it's a soapy wood that needs patience to work with it but will be rewarding in the end A quick point is that when sanding or drilling, this timber smells like tomato sauce Some information I found on Crows Ash Crowâ€™s ash is predominately used for flooring and decking. It is also used for boat building and outdoor furniture. In times gone by it was used as flooring for dance halls due to its highly durable characteristics. While it is visually appealing, this species is not easy to work with, which limits the applications it can be used for. Crowâ€™s ash is quite greasy which means it is hard to glue and nail --------------------- At the time I purchased the Crows Ash and just prior to commencing the project in 2011 I had some health issues that required hospitalisation and although I built a few sets of speakers while mending, the Garrard TT project was shelved and put on hold for some time The time came to get a start again on the build Although the plinth was CNC cut and also routed so the Garrad body casing would sit lower shortly after it was purchased it was patiently waiting for me to give it some attention