Longtime reader Bob Russell of of New Jersey has been part of Goldmine's collecting family since the 1980s. He collects everything from guitars and amps to old discs — and he'll even give you a sneak peek with his video tour. Would you like to join Bob and be profiled as one of Our Readers? Send an e-mail today to email@example.com!
What do you do for a living?
Retired. I did have a lot of jobs. I even owned a small business in New Jersey.
What are your passions besides collecting records?
Bob Russell: Everything music, guitars, tapes, older stereo equipment, tape decks, record players!
How did you get into music collecting?
BR: Started in the ’50s, when my mother took my brother and me to the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N.J., to see the rock and roll shows — and The Three Stooges opened!
What’s your record-collecting motto/philosophy?
BR: It it’s at a garage sale and it has dust on it — it’s for me!
What’s your favorite musical act of all time?
BR: The Who — not just for the music, but for what they did for me at the moment: seeing them live, opening for Herman’s Hermits and watching them perform at Drew University in New Jersey. It was the time and the moment for sure — nothing in the world like it. I also saw them at the Murray The K Easter show with Cream, Blues Project and many, many other great acts, all for $3. It was unbelievable!
What is the focus of your collection?
BR: I think I really have enough right now (yeah, right), so my real focus is to put everything in some kind of order!
What is your most-prized item?
BR: My two Danny Gatton guitars. But of course, my first two guitars that I got when I was a kid, along with my first amps, that would be my Fender Mustang, Gibson ES 335, — Vox Viscount amp and my Kustom 100 amp.
What’s your method of collecting? Where do you usually find the best bargains?
BR: Any and all garage sales, and flea markets — sometimes in the newspapers. I just always look, but I am running out of space!
Who’s your favorite record store operator/record dealer, and why?
BR: I only kinda deal with one dealer, and that is John Tefteller — and I found him in the ’80s from your great magazine! If John says that a record is “such and such,” it is — he is truly the best. I rate him as I would George Gruhn (guitar expert). They are really the best “go-to people” in the world.