It's not too often that I get excited about a book, but this one has certainly done it for me. A very interesting and informative read that documents the history we so often overlook in our hobby today. Nevertheless this book does come full circle and brings us to the "new renaissance" of vintage tables. Today's engineering, precision and current thinking - mated with tonearms from the "golden age of analog" - and turntables from the past. Who would think the results could be as exceptional as they are?
I'm obviously in the vintage camp. since nothing on the market today comes close to the "cool factor" of these classic tables. Properly done , they sound almost as good as the best of current offerings at a fraction of the price.
Sorry to digress. This book is an excellent, high quality historical and technical resource. Martin Bastin, Jurg Schopper and a few of the modern day afficionados (experts) are featured near the end of the book. There is some brief discussion of their modifications and upgrades that make these tables world class. Well worth the price and I hope sales are high, so Joachim Bung may find the time to spend in England to document the Garrards.