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1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

Glenn enjoys collecting amazing vintage items as a fun and educational way to relive the joys of the past. Vintage electronics are amazing.

The Cabinet Workmanship of the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653 is a Thing of Beauty

The Cabinet Workmanship of thie1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653 is a Thing of Beauty. The hand rubbed finish and the hand selected panels of wood make each model a piece of art.

The Cabinet Workmanship of thie1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653 is a Thing of Beauty. The hand rubbed finish and the hand selected panels of wood make each model a piece of art.

This Curtis Mathes stereo Model 40M653 is Tough as Nails

This Curtis Mathes stereo Model 40M653 is tough as nails, she has been through many moves in my family. I bought her at a thrift store in Franklin Tennessee, I believe it was a Goodwill, back in November 2010. She has witness my children growing up, me losing my home in a foreclosure. And she has spent many years in a hot dank shed in the summer, that was cold and brutal in the winter. Then the looters broke in, and I had to save her by dragging her over the carnage that they had left, not to forget she flipped over in my old truck coming home. It is a miracle she still works after the brutal life she has lived.

Rescued from a Shed, My 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

Below is the Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961

The Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. It is a thing of beauty and expert design. Many of the wiring was done by women employees, because of their attention to detail.

The Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. It is a thing of beauty and expert design. Many of the wiring was done by women employees, because of their attention to detail.

Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653, the workmanship in this Model is Remarkable

The workmanship that was put into this model is remarkable, from her hand rubbed wood finish, to the expert wiring of her chassis. Being a all vacuum tube design from 1961 she is heavy and you can tell the loved that went into the wiring and The soldering. the wires was done with precision and expert care. Back in this era, the majority of the employees in the wiring department were women, who were better at the detailed work that had to be done for a stereo to play perfectly.

Curtis Mathes Stereo 1961, Curtis Mathes Turntable playing Searching for You, The Jamies

This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 Has Been with Us for Many Years

This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 Has Been with Us for Many Years. This photo was taken  November 19, 2010. That is my very happy youngest Daughter Charis.

This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 Has Been with Us for Many Years. This photo was taken November 19, 2010. That is my very happy youngest Daughter Charis.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, Playing CM Collection of Stereo Music Album Two

Just See how the Wood Reflects the light on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961

See how the Wood Reflects the light on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. It has almost a jewel like quality. The right piece had to be selected for the top and each side.

See how the Wood Reflects the light on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. It has almost a jewel like quality. The right piece had to be selected for the top and each side.

Testing the Turntable, My 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

Another look at the Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961

Another look at the Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. The attention to detail back in 1961 was second to none, this truly was the golden age for the company.

Another look at the Chassis of My Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. The attention to detail back in 1961 was second to none, this truly was the golden age for the company.

You do not see this Kind of Workmanship Anymore in the World, the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 is Magical

You do not see this Kind of Workmanship Anymore in the World, the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 is Magical. Funny it looks bigger now than back in 2010 when I bought if from the thrift store.

You do not see this Kind of Workmanship Anymore in the World, the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 is Magical. Funny it looks bigger now than back in 2010 when I bought if from the thrift store.

Curtis Mathes Stereo 1961, Curtis Mathes Turntable playing a 45 Speed Record

Restored the Lovely Cabinet on the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653

The 1961 Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 was built for the Future World of Music

The 1961 Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 was built for the future. This model was built during the age of Camelot, back when President Kennedy was in the White House, and the world was still a young and progressive place full of bright dreams for the future. The company was even producing its on LPs to be played on their stereos. During the early 1960s the company had plants in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and the huge new state of the art plant was in Athens Texas.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, Playing Bangles and Beads, & Once in Love with Amy

This Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653 Held Up Under the Extremes Temperatures it Endured

I just cannot get over how well the cabinet has held up under the Extremes Temperatures the Stereo has been in. Tennessee has such hot summers that are dank and moist, and very cold winters that are Icy and also wet.

I just cannot get over how well the cabinet has held up under the Extremes Temperatures the Stereo has been in. Tennessee has such hot summers that are dank and moist, and very cold winters that are Icy and also wet.

Restored the Lovely Cabinet on the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

Just look at the Richness of this Wood on the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653

Just look at the Richness of this Wood on the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653. The grain of the wood is so rich and detailed, and the care that went into the hand rubbing and luster is superb.

Just look at the Richness of this Wood on the Curtis Mathes Stereo 40M653. The grain of the wood is so rich and detailed, and the care that went into the hand rubbing and luster is superb.

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1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model #40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi, Playing, Sharing You

The Beautiful Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961

This beautiful Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. This lovely creation is all American and made in Texas. This Curtis Mathes Stereo has amazing sound with a four-speed record player with a changer. AM, FM, FM AFC, FM MX, TV, Tape player attachment. The huge speakers were handmade in Texas by the CM Speaker Department back in the good old day. The wonderful thing is that everything still works as good as the day it was made.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, Playing Fan Tan Fannie, and She Didn't Say Yes

This is the Day I found her Many Years Ago, the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961

This is the Day I found her November 19, 2010. Many Years Ago, the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. Someone had dropped her off at a thrift store, someone's discard was my treasure.

This is the Day I found her November 19, 2010. Many Years Ago, the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. Someone had dropped her off at a thrift store, someone's discard was my treasure.

Curtis Mathes Stereo 1961, Curtis Mathes Turntable playing a 45 Speed Record, Playing In My Eyes Baby

Below is of one of the huge made in Texas Speakers in the Curtis Mathes 1961 Stereo

The photo below is of one of the huge made in Texas Speakers in my CM 1961 stereo. All hand made in Texas. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

The photo below is of one of the huge made in Texas Speakers in my CM 1961 stereo. All hand made in Texas. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo 40M653, Playing On the Sunny Side of the Street, & Take Me Along

My Daughter Karah is probably not happy with my new find, But I was Exhilarated that Day

My Daughter Karah is probably not happy with my new find, But I was Exhilarated that Day. She grew up with my hobby and probably was thinking not again. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

My Daughter Karah is probably not happy with my new find, But I was Exhilarated that Day. She grew up with my hobby and probably was thinking not again. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

Curtis Mathes Stereo 1961, Curtis Mathes Turntable playing a 45 Speed Record

A Beautiful and Simple Design, The Placement of the Speakers is Perfection at its Best

A Beautiful and Simple Design, The Placement of the Speakers is Perfection at its Best. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. Back when they knew what they were doing and actually cared about quality .

A Beautiful and Simple Design, The Placement of the Speakers is Perfection at its Best. This Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961. Back when they knew what they were doing and actually cared about quality .

Curtis Mathes Stereo 1961, Playing, Martin Denny, Exciting Sounds Of Exotica Vol 2

The Turntable is a Updated Model from later in the 1960s, on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653

The Turntable is a Updated Model from later in the 1960s, on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653. It was a popular way of selling at the Showroom to send out repairmen to up sell the newest turntable or reel to reel to the consumer.

The Turntable is a Updated Model from later in the 1960s, on this Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653. It was a popular way of selling at the Showroom to send out repairmen to up sell the newest turntable or reel to reel to the consumer.

The Breathable back is also Done Expertly on the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653

The Breathable back is also Done Expertly on the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653. Pardon my mess, but I was raising four children at the time of this photo, they loved to here the music from this beauty.

The Breathable back is also Done Expertly on the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653. Pardon my mess, but I was raising four children at the time of this photo, they loved to here the music from this beauty.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo Playing a Firestone Christmas Records

Center Stage is the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653, with My Collection of TVs in the Background

Center Stage is the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653, with My Collection of TVs in the Background

Center Stage is the Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653, with My Collection of TVs in the Background

What Child is this, 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo Playing a Firestone Christmas Records

Back When People were Throwing Away Stereos and Televisions, I was Collecting Them

Back When People were Throwing Away Stereos and Televisions, I was Collecting Them. This was a happy find, my Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

Back When People were Throwing Away Stereos and Televisions, I was Collecting Them. This was a happy find, my Curtis Mathes Stereo Model # 40M653 was made 09-18-1961.

CM Collection of Stereo Music Album Two, Playing on the Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653

In Her New Home the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

In Her New Home the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

In Her New Home the 1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi. She in her new home, finally safe and sound. She flipped over in the back of my truck coming home, I had to drag the console out of the back of the shed that has been broken int

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi. She in her new home, finally safe and sound. She flipped over in the back of my truck coming home, I had to drag the console out of the back of the shed that has been broken int

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi, Playing CM Collection of Stereo Music Album Two

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi, Playing CM Collection of Stereo Music Album Two.

1961 Curtis Mathes Console Stereo, Model 40M653, All Vacuum Tubes Hi Fi, Playing CM Collection of Stereo Music Album Two.

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