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 Post subject: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 12:35 am 
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A local resale shop has a Curtis Mathes console with no other markings than CM on the tuning dial. Looking at pictures on the internet, this seems to match up as a 1966 model receiver, turntable, and reel to reel. I haven't verified working condition, but the cabinet is beautiful with only a small veneer chip on one corner. Any thoughts about quality, value, etc., please let me know before I drop any money toward this venture. I do know the turntable is BSR and I believe the tape player is as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 2:02 am 
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If the tape player is an 8 track, it's mid 70's, I would need to see a pic of the record player to verify.

If it's mid 70's, don't pay more than about $100 for it, and that's very upper end. Try to get some more pix if you can.


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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 3:49 am 
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Artcurus wrote:
If the tape player is an 8 track, it's mid 70's, I would need to see a pic of the record player to verify.

If it's mid 70's, don't pay more than about $100 for it, and that's very upper end. Try to get some more pix if you can.

OP stated that the tape unit is R2R. Mid-60s sounds about right.

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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 2:04 pm 
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More pics. A couple are mine, the others are from the seller's site. Thanks for helping me out!


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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Wed 08, 2021 11:13 pm 
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Deck is a BSR UA15-SS and reel to reel is a BSR TD10 (has been left in play condition for who knows how long, so pinch roller almost certainly deformed). I would date this as circa 1968.

Personally unless you have any sentimental attachment to the model I would look for something better. Especially as it's going to take up half you living room! ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 2:58 pm 
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They've lowered the price a bit, but I think I'm going to pass, unless they lower it a lot more. This thing is huge, and while the exterior is in great shape, I think I can find something smaller and in just as good shape for less money. Thanks for the input!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 6:45 am 
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I think passing on it (unless you have the room and it's cheap) is a wise decision. This is one of the last tube CM stereos from about '66-'67 and, IMHO, CM stuff is very overrated. The tube stuff was sort of OK; but, it was certainly no better than Motorola, Magnavox, Zenith, RCA, etc. Even some of the tube CM stuff was loaded with cheap Japanese tubes and capacitors.

Once they went solid state ('67-'68 for the stereos and about '72 for the TVs), their quality really went down the toilet. With CM, you were mainly paying for a 4 year warranty and a big cabinet. By the time solid state came along, they were buying the chassis from wherever they could get it the cheapest and putting them in a big particleboard and plastic cabinet.

You could probably find an entry level tube Zenith or Magnavox console, in a much smaller cabinet, that would perform just as good (if not better) as this tank.

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 Post subject: Re: Curtis Mathes Console questions
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 8:07 am 
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Where I am people often have a hard time giving these radio-phono combos away, even the West German ones. The reel to reel tape deck makes it a bit more unusual, but only marginally more desirable. Curtis-Mathes never was a high quality brand, they used to brag about offering "The most expensive TV in America, and darn worth it", in reality they assembled a lot of outsourced components into cabinets they made themselves, and used slick advertising campaigns to convince enough people otherwise. The older colour sets used late model RCA chassis, though there is some debate over whether they were made under license by C-M, the later ones used NEC built chassis imported from Japan (so much for the made in USA shtick). I'm not sure if C-M made any of the tuner amplifier chassis themselves in the combo units, some of the tube ones may have been.
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