Hi, my Uncle recently asked if I would like 2 turntables that had been stored at his radio station. I said sure. I am trying to figure out if they are worth the little bit of work they would need and who is the manufacturer. What I know about them is: 1: they have rim drive, 2: they have to have an enclosure built around them, 3: model # is 12-C, 4: s/n is A6281M 5: They were installed in 77' 6: Mostly aluminum, 7: Need tonearms. I cannot find anything on the internet about these turntables. Curiousley enough, even though the model and serial are stamped into the frame, there is nothing about a manufacturer. I have one in my possession and will get the other one if I can find out that it is worth my while. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would really like to put together a nice vintage turntable. I remember playing hundreds of records on these turntables when I would visit my Uncle when I was young. Thank you again for any help you can give me.
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Hi, and thank you for your reply. I did try to upload a pic last night but my jpg was too big and the smaller pic was a jpe which I couldn't upload. I think I am going to take a different direction with this. I went to my uncles radio station this morning and went up into the dreaded attic where he said the other turntable was. I actually found 2 more turntables in great condition. They were in Technics SL-1200MK2(S) boxes. Unfortunately my uncle has one of those and the other is gone. Ok, the 2 turntables I found are made by Russco. They read "Russco Studio Pro Model B" Does anybody know anything about these turntables. There is a tonearm but no cartridge. Would it be worth using this turntable. I would build a custome enclosure and buy a new tonearm and cartridge. Thank you very much for your time. P.S. if anyone would like pics feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have also just found out the other turntable I couldn't identify is a Russco Cue Master. So I would like to know if using a Russco Cue Master or a Russco Studio Pro B is worth while. Thank you.
Is it worth restoring? I guess that will depend on what kind of performance you expect from it, or on what kind of system you might pair it with, and how much money you're willing to put into the project. I have no idea about how these sound, but based on the looks of the Cuemaster in the link below, it might be quite resonant:
Someone here restored one.
The type of motor assembly in this kind of turntable might be noisy compared to a good number of "audiophile approved" turntables today. Perhaps, someone with more experience could pipe in with a more informed opinion. It certainly looks like it'd be fun vintage gear to play with... here's a pic & spec sheet for the Studio Pro B: