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My First Tube Console - 1960s Curtis Mathes
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:54:16 PM »
Hello all,

I was fortunate to have picked up this 1962 (i think) Curtis Mathes Royal Dane.  My first and only tube console.  Cabinet is in great shape and everything works (AM/FM, Turntable). 

I did have to install a new needle and I need screws for the cartridge (Sonotone 8t) but i was able to test and it sounds great.  Any suggestions on any maintenance or service I should do? 

It has made a great addition to my home bar!



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Re: My First Tube Console - 1960s Curtis Mathes
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 06:19:16 PM »
Congrats on a beautiful console.

1. Please have the power amplifier, pre-amp, and radio chassis'
electrolytic and wax/paper capacitors replaced ASAP.

Failure of the filter electrolytics could potentially burn up your
power transformer.

2. While replacing the capacitors, check resistors for being in
specification of their ohm's value.

3. Have all controls cleaned while chasses are being serviced.

4. Give the tubes a check out on a tube tester.
Make sure vacuum tubes are cleaned of any dust or dirt to allow them to
radiate heat efficiently.

The above servicing is inexpensive insurance for your lovely Danish royal lady !