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1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console, Model K2658RL
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console, Model K2658RL. This beauty came in genuine Oak Veneer with a swivel base. she also had a removable glass screen.
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console K2658RL
This beautiful model was given to me by Fran Howard, she purchased the modern beauty from the Curtis Mathes Showroom in Cookeville, Tennessee in 1985. Fran was the original owner, and this was a very well loved color console. The modern styling is in a lovely Oak veneer that is a sure winner wherever you put it in you home. Quartz controlled electronic tuning system is a highly accurate and beautifully designed tuning system that features superb tuning sensitivity for turning any of the 12 VHF channels (2-13). 70 UHF channels (14-83), 15 mid band CATV channels, (AS-A1, A7, AI) 14 super band CATV channels (J-W) and 23 hyper bank CATV channels (AA-WW). Programmable scan features stops only on those channels you have programmed into the set's memory.
Adjusted the Colors, and they Are Popping on the 1985 Curtis Mathes
Adjusted the Colors, and they Are Popping on the 1985 Curtis Mathes ... Spock and Kirk are bright and beautiful again on the 1985 Curtis Mathes color television console, model K2658RL. It feels like the 1960s again, what amazing soft pastels.
Planet of the Apes, Playing on the Curtis Mathes 1985 Color Television
ABC - Automatic Brightness Control Circuitry by Curtis Mathes
ABC - automatic brightness control circuitry automatically adjust the picture brightness by adjusting the contrast and color levels at the same time all in proper balance as the room lighting varies during the course of the day. and nighttime viewing. The amazing digital channel number and time display was state of the art technology back in 1985. This would display the time of day or your channel selection and was clearly displayed around the clock section of the control panel, it is all there on this Curtis Mathes model K2658RL.
Curtis Mathes 26 Inch Remote Control Color Console.
In this amazing 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console the new ACMC II color system give you perfect color & tint levels, because they are controlled automatically with this feature for the beautiful, effort free viewing. A great model K2658RL is amazing
Down on Barney's Farm, Part Two, Played on a 1985 Curtis Mathes Television
The Magical Deluxe Remote Control for 1985
The deluxe infrared remote control is almost magical. The direct channel access lets you "key in" that favorite channel, or let the programmable scan feature do it for you! Enjoy channel up/channel down scanning. Plus volume control, and mute, all at your finger tips. These models were built to last for almost forever. With a four year warranty, to this day I still find many models that have out lived their original owners.
Dr, McCoy with tell you, this Curtis Mathes is Magical
Dr, McCoy with tell you, this Curtis Mathes is Magical ... These televisions last & last ... Sometimes the owners have died, & the children are selling the home with the Curtis Mathes console still playing in the living room like it was showroom new.
Inside the Model K2658RL the Curtis Mathes Color Television
The AFT in the 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console
With the 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console the AFT - with automatic fine tuning every station selected is "locked in" for drift - free viewing. The picture control maintains perfect color balance throughout the entire contrast rage. No design feature was compromised in the Curtis Mathes model K2658RL.
I have over the years been given many beautiful Curtis Mathes models, sometimes a real estate agent will call me and ask if I could come remove one of these beauties from a home they are selling. The owners have died, and the children are selling the home with the Curtis Mathes console still playing in the living room like it was showroom new.
The Backside of the Curtis Mathes Color Console, Model K2658RL
Modern Styling with a 134 channel electronic tuning system, and the digital channel has number and time display that the time of day or your channel selection are clearly displayed around the clock on the control panel.
The CM Model K2658RL Color Television has Sound Wide Hi-Fi
In the model K2658RL color television you have a sound wide Hi-Fi audio sound system, this is a remarkably enhanced listening entertainment system integrated into this amazing console, and with the 1985 Curtis Mathes you also have the two channel simulated stereo audio system that makes the sound rich and superb. Two woofers and two tweeters provide powerful and accurate sound reproduction. Separate bass, treble, and balance controls allow you to adjust the sound just the way you like it!
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Console Playing, "Down on Barney's Farm"
This Curtis Mathes has Modern Styling is in Lovely Oak
The modern styling is in a lovely Oak veneer that is a sure winner wherever you put it in you home. Quartz controlled electronic tuning system is a highly accurate and a beautifully designed tuning system.
Model K2658RL comes Equipped with Video Input/output Jacks
In the model K2658RL color television has comes equipped with video input/output jacks that allow you to use the television as a monitor when connected to video games, home computers, VC's, video discs players, etc., without having to disconnect your regular TV antenna signal. The dimensions are 28 3/4 high, 43 3/4 wide, 16 3/4 deep, and add 2.3 inches to depth for the tube cap.
Space 1999, on the 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console K2658RL
The 26 Inch Color Console Model K2658RL by Curtis Mathes
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console model number K2658RL was state of the art electronics back in the golden age of made in America technology. This lovely televisions model was made during the last of the golden age of USA made televisions, & she had all the love and craftmanship of Texas in her chassis ...
The Beautiful Chassis of the 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Television
The Beautiful Chassis of the 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Television ... She was hand-wired and has a made in America 26 inch CRT - Cathode ray tube.
Curtis Mathes the Beautifully Designed Tuning System of 1985
A beautifully designed tuning system that features superb tuning sensitivity for turning any of the 12 VHF channels (2-13). 70 UHF channels (14-83), 15 mid band CATV channels, (AS-A1, A7, AI) 14 super band CATV channels (J-W) and 23 hyper bank CATV.
The Remarkable Curtis Mathes CRT of 1985
The Curtis Mathes had been making CRT Color tubes for many years. The CM Company like all USA made color CRT’s use the three different phosphors. One emit red light, the other green light, and the last blue light … The color gun package in most Curtis Mathes televisions from this era are packed together in stripes like a aperture grille, or in some cases designed in clusters or triads. The Curtis Mathes Color CRT has for each primary color three electron guns …
Space 1999 Playing on the 1985 Curtis Mathes Console
Space 1999 VHS tape, Playing on the 1985 Curtis Mathes Console by a Curtis Mathes VCR tape player in the year 2018.
Magnified view of the1985 Curtis Mathes Delta Gun
Magnified view of the1985 Curtis Mathes delta gun shadow mask in the 26 inch color console CRT ... The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console model number K2658RL was state of the art electronics back in the golden age of made in America technology.
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console Playing Barney
The 1985 Curtis Mathes Color Console Playing a Barney Home Video VHS tape from a Curtis Mathes VCR tape player in the year 2018, vintage fun for the whole family to enjoy over and over again.
The Hand-wired Chassis of the 1985 Curtis Mathes Console
The hand-wired Chassis of the 1985 Curtis Mathes console, the golden age of American Made state of the Art electronics in 1985 had arrived.
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1977 Curtis Mathes Entertainment Center Model B636R
Curtis Mathes Model B636R, serial number 1242874 purchased new in August of 1977 from Hitt Television in Boise Idaho.
At the time, this was one the best television/entertainment centers you could buy. Check out the woodwork ...American craftsmanship at it's finest! They just put all the bells and whistles in the model ...It has a television with remote, The am/fm stereo tuner amplifier was state of the art in 1977.
With large built in speakers, turntable, 8 track tape player and cassette tape player.
Top of the line Curtis Mathes turntable with a diamond needle.
They just made a Texas size masterpiece in 1977 with this model.
A true beauty form every side that you looked at ...The name said it all ...She had paperwork galore as well that year.
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SET OF 4 VERY COOL RETRO CURTIS MATHES PROMOTIONAL HIGH BALL BAR GLASSES. NEW OLD STOCK IN ORIGINAL BOX. NO CHIPS OR CRACKS WITH GREAT COLOR. GLASSES ARE 3-1/8 X 3-3/8.
Don Draper would approve of this wonderful advertisement move. I would imagine that all the "Mad Men" cast would be drinking from them. I knew many employees of Curtis Mathes did so ... You got the set of four when you bought a stereo or television from the Curtis Mathes Showroom's from the 1960's to the 1980's. In the earl 1960's the sell would not only include the set of glasses but also a nice bottle of your favorite whiskey or scotch. If you were a great customer you got a case of your favorite whiskey or scotch.They stopped doing this in the Bible belt very soon however. Alcoholic beverage distilled from grain may not have been a good thing for a man to come home with with a new stereo or television back then in some areas of the nation. They came in a very nice box which they would gift wrap if the the television or stereo was a gift for a wife or loved one.
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A CM Stereo prototype that survived the great Austin Texas factory fire...
Here we have Paul Cortese newly purchased CM Stereo Console it has 2512C as the model, this is one your will not find online. Paul sent us some nice pics to share.
It has a Collaro Conquest turntable a very early 60s model.
It has the superb workmanship in the wood like all the early models of this era from Curtis Mathes.
This stereo is one of the Holy Grail for a Curtis Mathes Collector, looks like one of the famous missing prototypes that survived the great Austin Texas factory fire that destroyed most of the 1960 line of production.
You will not find this online, only a hand full every made it out of the factory. A few of these models got to the Showroom floors before the Austin fire ... and the were make with a great chassis, as you can see ...
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These parts came out of Provincial console early 1960s model.
People do this to sell the parts, and turn the beautiful cabinet into a quilt holder ore something.
These parts are in good working condition. To me it is rather sad to see a model cannibalized this way.
The stereo radio and turntable are in wonderful shape ... Everything works. The only thing missing is one, of the labels on the turn table.
It is rather sad to see this done to a beautiful piece of American history and a masterpiece of art.
The hand made speakers, and the made in Texas chassis are all there, stripped from their Provincial console cabinet ...
I guess if you need some parts for a model you are restoring this is a wonderful way to find what you are needing ...
But still it make me sad to see a model stripped down like this. Even the vacuum tubes are removed for a easy sell.
They just do not make these beauties anymore, they are masterpieces of American technology and know-how.
So if you have one keep her intact and watch her grow in value over the coming year and don't turn her into a storage unit for blankets. Let her continue to play sweet music as she was made to do, and be a joy to everyone.
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A Beautiful Curtis Mathes Made in Texas Deluxe High End Model, who put it in a barn?
It needs to be in a living room, hope the moisture has not damaged this masterpiece of American made technically.
Hopefully someone will save her.This is a bad environment for a vintage American made solid state console to be left in ....
Burke Mathes has one like it, and he paid $3,600.00 for his, and it is working today as good as the day it was made in Athens Texas ...
Thank you Michelle Lup for sharing your wonderful photos with us. We are grateful that this Texas made masterpiece from America's golden past is being rescued, and will soon be in a good home again.
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Curtis Mathes Early American Designed Stereo 1962 or 63 model.
What a beauty this outstanding model is an Early American model from 1962 or 1963 ... an upscale sister to the 1961 Nantucket.
Much like the Provincial but an Early American design, not French Provencal. Thank you Chuck Klink for sharing your photos with us .. she is a keeper, beautiful cabinetry, and a authentically styled Early American design.
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The 1962 Pandora Model, Curtis Mathes Stereo. This expertly made in Texas stereo is a pocket Battleship of awesome sound. A beautiful modern design CURTIS MATHES stereo console.
This is an all wood cabinet, with a hand wired chassis and this Curtis Mathes stereo has an EL84 stereo tube amp.
Built for one thing and one thing only, to play music the way it should sound.
With hand made in in Texas speakers, that can produce sound like a concert in the park.
With a custom built for Curtis Mathes Turntable, and the sound only a diamond can make. The hand wired, all tube, deluxe FM / AM High Fidelity system of the Stereophonic Music Center was the best ever made, and is still playing today as great as it did back in 1962.
After the tragic fire at the Austin Texas plant Curtis Mathes wisely turned to using the made in England Collaro Conquest turntables in many of its 1962 models.
They really do have a rich sound just like the earlier made in Texas Curtis Mathes turntable from the Austin Texas plant.
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CURTIS MATHES "THE PROVINCIAL" STEREO CONSOLE
A 1961 Curtis Mathes Stereo console model the Provincial, that is in excellent cosmetic condition.
The sound is fabulous it has a 3-way speaker system featuring 12" woofers on each side. You can even hook an iPod to it …
It features the 30c amp chassis and uses 4 EL-84/6bq5 output tubes the sound is wonderful.
The record player is the upscale Curtis Mathes design. This unit has an all solid wood real walnut finish.
This is a very elegant console in the French Provincial design. She has a much more spacious cabinet than her smaller sister, "The Burgundy"...
She comes with a turntable and a stereo FM and AM radio, and she has huge speakers and plenty of storage room.
They really put a lot of fine detail into this model.
Hand wired chassis and had made speakers made in Texas by folks who really cared about the finished product.
Only the finest, and best hard woods went into the cabinet of this model.
The chassis has stood the test of time and works as good today as it did fresh from the assembly line in Texas back in 1961.
It is all in the details, and the expert hand-wiring and design.
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The 1986 Curtis Mathes Entertainment Center color television with stereo sound. Model A2529RC. Made in Texas by Americans who took pride in their work. This console still works great today in the year 2014. Made in August 1986, at the Athens Texas Plant. With parts made in Irving, Austin, Dallas, and Houston Texas. With a Curtis Mathes made in Texas CRT picture tube model number A63ABP20X.
In the photo below is Grantley Waters showing the inside of the 1986 Curtis Mathes Entertainment Center color television with stereo sound. Model A2529RC. In the video below is the Made in Texas by Americans who took pride in their work. This console still works great today in the year 2014. Made in August 1986, at the Athens Texas Plant. With parts made in Irving, Austin, Dallas, and Houston Texas. With a Curtis Mathes made in Texas CRT picture tube model number A63ABP20X.
In the photo below is "The Invaders" playing on the 1986 Curtis Mathes Entertainment Center color television with stereo sound.
In the video below the 1986 Curtis Mathes Model A2529RC is playing "The Invaders" from a VHS tape on a Curtis Mathes VCR tape player. In the photo below is the inside of the back of the 1986 Curtis Mathes Model A2529RC showing the amazing made in the USA circuit boards, and hardware around the Texas made cathode ray tube for the CRT picture tube model number A63ABP20X.In the photo below Charis Waters is showing the size comparison to a person of the beautifully designed console cabinet 1986 Curtis Mathes Model A2529RC. I remember being on the Design team of this wonderfully made console. So many of these consoles work as good today as they did back in the 1980's.In the photo below show that this Curtis Mathes model A2529RC has a wonderful control panel that was state of the art back in the year 1986, so many of the components for this model came from the same factories in Texas that made circuit-boards for the Saturn V Rocket and military electronic hardware, built to last.In the photo below you can see the detail of this chassis that has a lot of made in America parts. As is stated above many of the components came from the same factories in Texas that made circuit-boards for the Saturn V Rocket and military electronic hardware, built to last.
Which explains why you can still see that in they year 2014 she still is going strong as she did in 1986.The American workmanship has proven itself with the test of time. She as the marvelous Vacation switch in the back, which is the classic Curtis Mathes trade mark of the 1980's era. Built for folks that had Vacation home and could afford to spend more for the best color television made in that era.As Grantley Waters can tell you they don't make them like this anymore. Sadly many of these classics are thrown away and they are still working as good as the day they were made when they are crushed in the trash compactor. Let us keep these American beauties for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Sadly they don't make Televisions in Texas anymore. The tag tells it all, made in Texas by Americans who took pride in their work.
Just ask Grantley Waters, he can tell you this is a well made Texan beauty. We need to save our past on TV at a time ...