Kokomo Kit for Garrard with Verdier, transrotor, turntable, transcriber, vinyl, mfsl, mitchel, lenco, rca, western electric, technics sp-10 sp10 sp 10 telefunken denon dl103 dl 103 medusa goldbug kondo audio note Koetsu, Supex, SPU, Ortofon, Garrard 301 4
FOR GARRARD 301
platter bearing -include special bearing oil (highest quality)
(the most recommend upgrade for the Garrard 301/401)
the Kokomo Kit?
KOKOMO KIT Mk2 is hydraulic spindle bearing for Garrard
301 or 401 turntables. The spindle
runs on a hydraulic oil film without any mechanical
contact on the hydraulic
flydisk. The result is a perfect
synergy of rotating parts. Five years of research
and development have created a bearing assembly that
brings about vastly improved performance. Please read
the customer feedbacks,
the describes exactly the the improvement of the Kokomo
kit. The kokomo kitÃ‚Â´s of the first generation can
upgrade to the this flydisk technologie.
KOKOMO BEARING KIT replaces the worn out flat top thrust
plate common to nearly all Garrard 401 and some 301
turntables. Worn thrust plates and bearing surfaces
act like a brake and cause uneven speed regulation,
Musical timbre and rhythm suffer. It is as if a veil
is cast over the music. The KOKOMO KIT addresses these
problems. Your Garrard 301 or 401 turntable will perform
with even better than new performance. Musical instruments
and vocals will snap into focus! Installation is simple.
No additional parts are necessary.
read the payment informations before
you buy the kit!
unfocused area is intentional. Copying of the KOKOMO thrust plate
assembly is not authorized!
How difficult is it to install the KOKOMO KIT on my
Installation takes approximately
10 minutes. Each KOKOMO KIT includes a manual
complete with detailed step-by-step instructions and
- Are the KOKOMO KITS for the Garrard
301 and the 401 the same?
No. The platter
bearing dimensions for the Model 301 and the 401 are
different. For the best possible performance weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve
developed kits specific to each model.
Can I use the KOKOMO Kit on my grease bearing 301?
the KOKOMO kit works quite well with the greased platter
bearing on the Garrard 301. Some customers have tried
bearing grease in place of our special bearing oil with
good results. Performance over the original bearing
assembly is obvious. Your 301 will run quieter.
Why should I use the special bearing oil?
KOKOMO bearing oil is a perfect match for the thrust
plate and bearing used in the KOKOMO Kit. Performance
is improved and bearing wear is reduced almost to the
vanishing point. While some customers have recommended
automotive motor oil, we advise against oil substitution
because of the potentially corrosive effects of the
additives used in engine oil.
a serviced Garrard 401, but not include
KIT 301 Mk2
1 x special
bearing oil 20ml
1 x easy
to follow, step
by step instruction manual with detailed
The shipping time as registered airmail letter.
~ 3-4 days
USA / Canada
~ 5-7 days
~ 6-8 day
A very safety packing is natural, no extra fees on my side. I accept the
payment by PayPal or banktransfer. Buyers from Europe (European Union
only) must pay additional 19 % german tax of the prices and in Euro. You
can contact me by mail (info(at)analogtubeaudio.de) and phone
(+49-4706-4126234) for any question.
you are not satisfied with the item(s), please return
the item(s) with the original condition within 30 days
of delivery for the full refund of the purchase price.
The shipping costs are non refundable and the buyer
will have to pay for own shipping costs to return.
Smith on HI-FI World, UK – December 2007
Even more impressive was the blissfull silence between the tracks…
is well kown amongst vinyl aficionados that the quality and health of a
turntables main bearing contributes greatly to ensuring that it
performs at its best. When applied to Garrard 301 and 401 decks, this
is even more important because, as our very own Noel Keywood found,
this contributes greatly to the age-old rumble problems suffered by
these otherwise superb units.
Of course, quite a few specialists have now cropped up that will sort
this problem out for you, including Dr. Martin bastin, whose bearing
modifications magically silenced Noels 401. Until, recently, however,
there has been relatively little that the home DIY-er could do to their
own deck in this area. This has now changed, however, thanks to
Germanys Analog Tube Audio.
Available for both 301s and 401s, the Kokomo kit consists of a brand
new , one-piece bronze alloy thrust plate and a ceramic ball bearing
that replace the original Garrard items. The kit also includes a bottle
of a special bearing oil that can be purchased separately for Euro 8,50.
Using my own 301 as the test bed, I stripped out the old bearing and
cleaned everything thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol, before commencing
fitment of the new item. The instructions are very clearly and, half an
hour or so later, the job was done. The first aspect I noted was that,
with the 301s brake disconnected, giving the platter a good spin sent
it merrily spinning for a very long time – a good sign! These continued when spinning a few choice tunes. That fabulously deep
and solid Garrard bass was still present and correct, but there was a
definite tightening of upper bass and an improvement in detail in this
area. Altough the old Garrard could still make the walls shake if
required, it seemed to have gained something of a velvet glove to cover
that iron fist and was exhibiting a lightness of touch that had been
missing previously. Even more impressive was the blissfull silence between the tracks.
Obviously, poeple tend to notice an increase in noise less when they
live with them day to day and it was only hearing a 401 a few month ago
that made me realise my own deck had become a little more rumbly than
it should be. With the addition of the Kokomo, however, it is quiet
once more. All in all, the Analog Tube Audio Kokomo kit is a simple and easy to
fit upgrade for Garrard 301 and 401 motor units that works a treat.
Review on TNT-AUDIO – Kokomo Kit 301/401 from Hartmut Quaschik
change of the original Garrard bearing thrust pad against the Kokomo
was done in just a few minutes. With the Kokomo I bought a bottle of
oil from Robert, so I cleaned the old bearing and removed all old oil
before putting new oil on the axis and reassembling the whole stuff.
The difference before and after was very big: Now the 401 did the 3D
thing and the soundstage was so transparent yet solid that my jaw
nearly hit the floor. This was much more than I expected. While it made
no Yorke from the Garrard, it was like the Garrard got so many
qualities added now, which previously had been exclusive on the Yorke
(and similar turntables), that the combination of Garrard and Kokomo
opened up a new quality level. Previously I thought, a Garrard would be
best with 70s rock music or large symphonic orchestras. But now, the
Kokomo learned the Garrard some more tricks: it can do smaller
classical combos or modern rock music a lot better than before. Now
a very important question: what about the beautiful tone of the
Garrard, did it get lost? Thankfully, the tonal character in general
stayed the the same, and also the beautiful tone remained as beautiful
as before. Not even a hint of audiophile leanness could be detected.In
order to put some more light on the question: how good is the Garrard
plus Kokomo combo right now, I tried another record: Choirgirl Hotel by
Tori Amos. Now this is really a killer record: if the frontend is not
really on top, the sound is nasty and you cannot relax. The Yorke combo
showed a whole level of more fine detail, and made more sense of the
numerous ebbs and flows. The last characteristic is due to the
Garrards motor concept, and as long as the drive has not changed
substantielly, I do not honestly expect any change. The Garrard showed
just a bit of harshness, this was quite an excellent result. I remember
when I had this record with me on the Hi-End show 2006 and a current
production Thorens turntable choked and distorted all the way.
Read the full article on TNT-Audio (english)
Read the full article on TNT-Audio (italian)
Roger Gordon on Positive Feedback Online #32
Once everything was reassembled, I used my hand to give the platter
a spin. The platter kept spinning and spinning. I stopped it, spun
it again and looked at my watch. Two minutes later the platter was
still spinning. Obviously, the new bearing had far less friction
than the old thrust plate. With that visual confirmation that the
new bearing was far lower in friction I started to play music. The
first record I put on was one I had been playing a lot recently, The
White Stripes Elephant. A very well recorded rock album,
made entirely in the analog domain. As soon as the needle hit the
vinyl I know that there had been an improvement in the sound. There
was a clarity to the sound that had not been there before. I was
hearing things that I had heard before, but instead of them being
slightly fuzzy or blurred, they were now clear and distinct. I
played all four sides of the two LP album. On every cut I was
hearing clearly things that I had heard before, but hadn’t realized
how veiled or obscured they had been. Amazing. The next LP on the
platter was Nirvana Unplugged in New York.
This is an album I take with me to the audio shows. I know it very
well. Again I was hearing details I had not heard before. What was most
noticeable was the subtle changing of the textures of Kurt Cobain’s
voice. This was not something that I had really noticed before. Now the
changes in texture were perfectly clear. Next up was the 45rpm reissue
of Louis Armstrong’s St. James Infirmary. I’ve
played this LP many, many times. Again I was hearing subtle little
details that I had not heard before. I spent the rest of the
afternoon playing album after album. Classical, rock, pop-it did
not matter what the genre was. The sound was always clearer with
more subtle detail. This new bearing really works.
to the full review
Customer feedbacks unter www.analogtubeaudio.de
tonearms and the other items on the pictures are
not elements of these offer!
products of Analog Tube Audio
Kit 301 Mk2 (bronze hydraulic platter bearing
for Garrard 301)
Kokomo Kit 401 Mk2 (bronze hydraulic platter bearing for Garrard 401)
knife edge bearing (the ultimate tweak for SME 3009/3010/3012 tonearms)
groundplate standard (for SME 3009/3010/3012 tonearms)
groundplate flat (for SME 3009/3010/3012 tonearms)
RCA Conversion Kit
(for SME 3009/3010/3012 tonearms)
tube phono stage PHONOGEN (top of the line phono stage)
MCT-SPU (top level MC-transformer for
low impedance cartridges like Ortofon SPU, Koetsu etc.)
Coil transformer for high impedance cartridges like Denon
Silver hair wire (internal tone arm wire made by finest pure
Silver tonearm (tone arm cable made by finest pure silver)
Silver interconnect (interconnect cable made by finest pure
Silver speaker (speaker cable made by finest pure silver)
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