Russell C. Friend, founder of Russco Electronics, passed away on December 7, 2011 at the age of 91. An innovative engineer and businessman, Russ will be best remembered for the products produced by his company in Clovis, California from the late-1950's until he sold the company in the early-1990's. The number of hit records that were first played on Russco turntables is immeasurable. The amazing simplicity of design, combined with bullet-proof ruggedness, has allowed many of these machines to continue to run some 50 years after their manufacture. The Russco product line expanded to include nearly every item needed in a broadcast studio: turntables, phono pre-amps, tonearms, mixing consoles, and many other tools of the broadcast and audio production trade.
In the last years of his life, Russ was an invaluable source of information and inspiration to me, and I will cherish the many telephone conversations and personal visits.
MEET RUSS FRIEND
The creative genious of many professional broadcast products, but mostly known for the famous Russco turntable. Hundreds of US, AM radio stations pounded the air waves in the 60's with a pair of Russco turntables. Your favorite oldie was probably spun on one of these.
Dan Zurcher was an engineer for Russco, designing and building many of the Russco products, including the final turntable model, RT-700 in 1985.
THE WORK HORSE FAVORITES
RUSSCO MARK V
Russ' latest and finest turntable. Very hard to find and very pricey. A pair of these is on our wish list.