It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that RusscoTurntables.com will close permanently after 31 December, 2018. When I purchased this website/business in 2009, I was working full-time as an on-air radio personality, and managed RusscoTurntables.com in my spare time as a home-based operation. This remained viable for the next 8 years, even through a few location changes (due to changing radio jobs). Even though this business was a “sideline,” I always tried to give the best customer service I could. Many of the most in-demand parts for these broadcast turntables were available, and I could keep them in stock. Sadly, several things have changed in recent years.
First, I was laid-off from my last radio station job on 31 March 2017. For many reasons, I decided not to pursue another radio opportunity in another market, which would force another move. Neither my wife nor I wished to move again, as we had purchased our house here in Topeka, Kansas just one year prior to me being laid-off. Instead, I obtained my Commercial Driver’s License, and went to work as an over-the-road professional truck driver. This requires me to be away from home for most of 6 days a week, and with my limited home time, I have found it more and more difficult to provide decent service to our customers. Every email that was un-answered (or answered in a not-very-timely fashion) bothered me greatly. Every order that had to wait for a week or sometimes more to be processed and shipped made me feel that I was not serving you—our loyal customers—as I should.
Also, I have now depleted my stock of 2 of our most in-demand items: idler wheels, and the idler-arm mechanism on which the idler wheel sits. Russco Electronics (the original manufacturer) went out of business in the 1990’s, and after its founder, Russell Friend, passed away in 2011, I have not found a source to supply the idler-arm mechanisms; therefore, what I had on hand was all that were available. As this business has been very much a “labor of love” for me, it has not been profitable enough for me to have the capital it would take to replenish these important items. So faced with the combination of limited time and a shrinking inventory or needed parts, I have had to make the difficult decision to close down completely. I am sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause, but I’m afraid I have no other options.
Thank you to our many customers from all over the world with whom we have done business. Thank you to those who have simply called or emailed, asking questions or seeking advice. When I found this business, I was just like you: I needed parts for at QRK 12-C turntable I had been given. When I checked back and found that the previous owner, Richard Thompson, was selling the business, I decided to buy it. I have enjoyed helping fellow broadcast turntable enthusiasts to restore their tables to working status; but life is an ever-changing situation, and the changes I’ve outlined above have combined to bring me to this point. Thank you again for your interest in vintage broadcast turntables, and for supporting RusscoTurntables.com for the past 9-plus years.
Timothy Goodrich (aka Skeeter Nash)
Partial Update 12/26/2018 2200UTC
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