My father-in-law has just done a house clearance on his mother’s old house and gave me a Garrard Ap-75 turntable. As far as I can tell, it’s substantially the same as the SL-75, for which manuals are available from VinylEngine.com. Bit of a discussion here: http://garrardmatters.freeforums.org/an-interesting-find-a-garrard-ap75-t429.html
I have some questions, most of which are probably daft and certainly ignorant; I’m not remotely an audiophile and I don’t have a separates system with an amp.
The turntable was thick with dust and I doubt it’s been used for a long, long time. My grandmother-in-law died over ten years ago and her house, though still occupied, had been badly neglected ever since, and had damp problems etc. I’ve cleaned the outside, but haven’t looked inside. The cabinet is clearly homemade, but I think I can get in there if I wanted to.
I have no idea whether it works.
The power cable has a type A plug (http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm). I presume this had an adaptor, but that wasn’t with it.
Foolish Question 1: Obviously I can get an adaptor for a UK socket, but is there any reason why I shouldn’t just cut the existing plug off and replace it with a modern one (told you I know bugger all about this stuff)?
Foolish Question 2: The audio cable is a five pin, male connector (‘DIN’?) – I don’t have anything that will take that connection. Can I just buy an appropriate convertor and run it into powered speakers?
Foolish Question 3: Is it likely to be worth the effort? From what I can tell it was a reasonable turntable in its day, but unremarkable. Obviously, I have no idea whether the rest of it works, and while I’m happy to spend a little time and effort, I don’t want to spend time, effort and money on it if I could just go and buy something as good for the same amount.