South Street Service was started in 1980 by Adam “Sonny” Ruthkowski. His experience in Hi Fi started in 1960 with British Industries Company (BIC), the USA distributor of Garrard turntables. In a few years he became National Service Manager and also laison with the factory regarding product development and improvement. He made numerous trips to the factory in Swindon England and worked with factory personnel on solving problems.
In 1973, British Industries Company (BIC) decided to manufacture their own turntables in St. Joseph, Michigan. From 1973 until 1980, Adam was involved at the factory in all phases of design, production and quality control. The BIC brand turntables were great and received “Best Buy” ratings from Consumer Reports.
When BIC closed in 1980, South Street Service bought all of their turntable, cassette deck and speaker parts. We also took over all repairs, technical correspondence and parts of BIC worldwide. We did hundreds of BIC repairs each month.
In the mid 1980’s Garrard closed. A portion of their parts inventory went to South Street Service and in the late 1990’s we added to that inventory by buying out a large distributor. As in the case of BIC, we were recommended by Garrard USA for all repairs, technical correspondence and parts requests.
In the late 1980’s United Audio, the USA distributor for Dual closed their Mt. Vernon, New York location. We received some parts but the bulk of the parts went to the new distributor Adcom and a few years later Ortofon in Plainview, New York. In the early 1990’s we purchased from Ortofon all of their parts which included the United Audio inventory. At that time, until now (2002) we have handled all repairs, technical correspondence and parts requests for the USA distributor.