This table was sent to me through the kindness of Glen Pitts (K6KJQ) from Stockton, CA. When it arrived, it was complete with the exception of a platter! The motor was a little dirty, but in good shape. The base had the original sky-blue Russco color, but had been spray-painted over in a dark gun-metal gray, and a lot of that paint had been worn off in spots. After stripping the components off, I sanded down as close to the bare aluminum as I could, and contacted local powder-coat experts Killer Coatings of Manila, AR to have the base bead-blasted and a new, sky-blue powder-coat put on. When I got the base back, it was a beautiful, slightly darker sky-blue, with a shiny finish!
After cleaning and lubricating the Bodine motor, I replaced the motor mounts and added snubber washers. I installed a new idler wheel, new springs on the idler mechanism, and new washers where necessary. The main power switch was a little corroded, but otherwise mechanically and electrically sound. I did replace the click-capacitor/resistor combination with fresh components, and re-wired the connections. A new neon power indicator lamp was also installed.
I pulled a matched platter and well from my stock, and finished it off with a bright red felt. To put a nice finishing touch on the table, I used some custom allen-head set-screws to secure the Russco faceplate to the front of the turntable.
This is another example of the kind of restoration/refurbishment work that we can do for you at RusscoTurntables.com! Please contact us regarding rates and information if you are interested in having us do a custom restore/refurb on YOUR vintage beauty!
QRK 17-B (Spring 2010)
Thanks to Brett Saunders of San Francisco, California for entrusting us with this beauty to rebuild! This is a massive QRK 17-B (probably from the late-1950's or early-1960's). The platter measures 17" across, and was designed primarily for playing transcription discs. It was originally in service for decades at Stanford, CA University campus radio station KZSU 90.1 FM. Brett acquired it, and shipped it to our shop in Jonesboro, AR to be refurbished. Brett did not want the base re-painted, but he did request new felt on the platter. Check out the photo album below to see the project from start to finish!
RusscoTurntables.com/ValleyRidge Audio can do repairs and refurbishing on Russco, QRK and other vintage broadcast idler-wheel turntables. From simple parts replacements to custom powder-coating of turntable bases and platter felt replacement. Contact us at Parts@RusscoTurntables.com for information.