quick turntable question

Peter Q. George radiojunkie3@yahoo.com
Fri Oct 16 17:46:30 EDT 2009

>From my own experience, those turntables with the "wooden" tonearms are more than likely RUSSCO.  We used them at WSKB-FM (at Westfield State College, Westfield, MA) back in the late 1970's.  We also had them at WBIM-FM in Brodgewater, MA back in the '80's. These tone arms and turntables  handled the day-to-day use (especially with us college jocks) like a real workhorse. I believe I still have one of those TT's at one of my stations.  Of course, it is pretty much used for parts now.  There's very little need for a vintage RUSSCO turntable today.

Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts
"Scanning the bands since 1967"


--- On Fri, 10/16/09, Roger Kirk <rogerkirk@ttlc.net> wrote:

> From: Roger Kirk <rogerkirk@ttlc.net>
> Subject: Re: quick turntable question
> To: 
> Cc: "BRI@bostonradio.org" <BRI@bostonradio.org>
> Date: Friday, October 16, 2009, 5:22 PM
> Roger Kirk wrote:
> > Sid Schweiger wrote:
> >> Most likely a QRK.  The wooden tonearm was
> made by a company out of western Massachusetts whose name
> escapes me for the moment.  The QRK's were real
> workhorses.  You couldn't destroy them.
> >>   
> > Was it possibly Micro Trak?  IIRC, Gray used to
> make tone arms, but only metal.  I also remember a
> company called Cooks Labs.
> > 
> > WRKO used QRKs with wooden tone arms back in
> 1970-1973.
> Gray Wooden Tone Arm:  http://www.dealscamera.com/Itm180417927335_48649_GRAY_RESEARCH_TONEARM_UNIQUE_.aspx
> Micro-Track Arm:  http://cgi.ebay.com/Harris-Gates-CB-1201-Broadcast-Turntable!!-_W0QQitemZ250514248588QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20091015?IMSfp=TL091015194003r14281
> Note the Gates-Harris clone of the QRK.


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