Gateway Music NOTE: This article appeared in AZReporter Weekly Magazine in 1998. Some of the radios may have been sold.
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WILLIAMS-While the world rolls into the 21st century, digitally enhanced world, a few maintain a
vigil over the history that brought us to this state. The world of tubes. There are some kids today who have probably never seen a vinyl record, much less heard one. While digital manufacturers glorify the benefits of CDs, many audiophiles will argue that tubes give a richer, more natural sound. It is said that Eric Clapton will use nothing but tube amplifier systems in his show. Old tube systems are less
susceptible to brown-outs and electrical spikes. While it is not likely these benefits will make any manufacturer come out with a tube computer, it certainly can benefit the audiophile who want to listen to music or radio.
Lu's skill for repairing antique radios comes as a natural aside to his business. Lu started Gateway Music when he came to Williams in 1980. He hired someone to work on electronic amplifiers for musicians. After the person left, Lu was still receiving electronic equipment in addition to his normal work repairing musical instruments.
He found a 1939 Wards Airline Model 93B-714A and began his radio restoration trade. He donated the radio to a raffle as part of a benefit held by KYET radio in Williams a year ago. Word circulated and he estimates 55 restorations since that first radio
( This article was written in 1998). Lu finds old radios through rummage sales, estate sales and people bringing them in. He maintains his business of repairing other electronics and musical instruments.
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RCA VICTOR Circa 1940 (sold)
Delco Model 1140 Circa 1940 (sold)
United States Television Clearsonic Model (sold)
Clapp-Eastman H-R Regenerative radio with headset from 1922
Crosley "American Overseas" Model 66TA (1946) (sold)
Crosley Model 9-11865 (1949) (sold)
Traveler Model 5170 (1952) (sold)
1936 Philco Cathedral in a rebuilt cabinet