I am also looking in that direction, either a restored Garrard, Lenco or EMT. Have you done any research on how much a restored Garrard cost like (espcially from one of these well known restorers) ?
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All I can contribute is, I bought my Dynavector 501 arm from Chris Harban, and I found him to be good to do business with. I've had no dealings with Steve Dobbins.
I did a restoration on a Garrard 401, built a plinth, and mounted the 501 arm. This arm works well with all my cartridges, Dynavector XX2MKII, ESCCO modified Zu Denon 103R, and Acutex M320 LPM STR III.
You will be extremely pleased with your 301, as I am with my 401. It will enable you to hear vinyl on a level usually attained only by the very best turntables, given it is restored and set up well.
Enjoy, and regards,
Icorem, while I don't have any direct experience with Dobbins or Harban both companies seem to offer quality products. I used Garrards for years, my preference is for a heavy base and an unmolested table. Part of the beauty of Garrards is their balanced and musical sound, many of the tweaks/upgrades throw the balance away from musicality to hifi. I highly recommend that stay stock with everything and once you know your table you can look at a heavier platter. This is one area than can bring improvement but you have to choose carefully, they're not all good.
The Dynavector 501 or 505 arm is a great choice as recommend by Islandman or there's always the SME 3012-R, my favorite.