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The Mysterious World of Metaxas & Sins is Coming To North America

Metaxas & Sins is coming to North America and their reel-to-reel decks are more than just expensive eye candy.

Metaxas & Sins Pappillion Reel-to-Reep Tape Player

It takes more than just money and passion to distribute high-end audio. You have to really understand the brands and products that you are representing and honestly believe that there is a market for them. If you don’t believe that a product offers something extraordinary — you are probably wasting your time. You have to bridge the gap between the market and maker.

Designers are often extremely creative and brilliant people — but as we’ve seen over the past few decades in the space, not always the best marketers or business people.

Kostas Metaxas is an artist, but also someone with engineering credibility to back that up. His work always evokes a strong response from people — the listening part proves that it’s not just a case of shock and awe. There is sonic beauty behind the curtain.

Metaxas & Sins Pappillion Reel-to-Reep Tape Player

North American audiophiles are about to experience his creations and the man tasked with making that happen has my utmost confidence.

Why do I say that?

Reel Sound’s Jeff Garshon has been a close family friend for over forty years; I wrote about the passing of his father in 2021 and we’ve shared a deep passion for music and hi-fi since we were kids.

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Jeff is a musician, producer, and lifelong music collector with more than 20 years in audio/video system design and sales. He is also an entrepreneur and a pioneer in life sciences communications. Having spent hundreds of hours in the studio, touring and performing, Garshon understands what real music and real musicians sound like.

Florida-based Reel Sound Distribution Inc. is now the exclusive distributor of the world-famous line of hi-fi audio products from Metaxas & Sins, following a partnership agreement with designer Kostas Metaxas.

Metaxas & Sins Toubillion Reel-to-reel Tape Player
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The Metaxas & Sins line of audio equipment includes the Papillion and the award-winning Tourbillion T-RX reel-to-reel players, now available at select retail-gallery partners in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through Reel Sound Distribution Inc.—the first time this new line of Metaxas & Sins reel-to-reel players has been available in North America.

Renowned designer Kostas Metaxas has worked for more than 40 years in high-end audio, from the design and manufacture of entire playback systems to the recording of more than 300 acoustic concerts on Swiss Stellavox analog tape decks, before designing his own line of reel-to-reel players/recorders and new audio products.

Metaxas & Sins Pappillion Reel-to-Reep Tape Player Closeup

His dream has been to bring to a new series of audio components the emotional intensity, daring, and seductive beauty of the most spectacular architecture, design, and sculpture he has experienced. 

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As a recording engineer, Metaxas also wanted to “voice” these products for extremely realistic playback of recordings—the effortless reproduction of all the nuance and emotion of a musical performance.

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The result is the new Metaxas collection. Each Metaxas & Sins component is considered an object of art as beautiful to look at, as it is breathtaking to hear—limited-production heirloom components handcrafted from the finest materials and electronics and engineered by a visionary artisan. In true “Bugatti fashion,” each and every product is assembled by Metaxas or his sons.

These audio sculptures of purist design offer uncompromising performance that brings listeners closer to the musical event than ever before. They can be there with their favorite artists, lost in the emotion of their performance, hearing exactly what they heard in the studio or on the stage.

Metaxas & Sins Pappillion Reel-to-Reep Tape Player

Each component is machined from solid blocks of aircraft aluminum, copper, or titanium, to create an extremely inert and nonresonant structure that shields and protects the delicate electronic signals. The resulting low levels of noise make possible sound with breathtakingly musical 3D depth, transparency, and realism. These totally bespoke and modular electronics make them future-proof.

Jeff Garshon’s passion is curating audio systems that deliver musical content honestly and accurately and, above all, with emotion and beauty. Understanding that analog reel-to-reel tape is still the purest music-delivery format extant, and the origin of all pre-digital popular recordings since 1948, Garshon began searching for the best reel-to-reel sources and audio components capable of delivering that content uncorrupted.

Metaxas & Sins Pappillion Reel-to-Reep Tape Player

This led to his partnership with Metaxas & Sins. Reel Sound Distribution is actively building its retail network of select Gallery Partners. For more information, contact Jeff Garshon at jeff@reelsounddistribution.com

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Catherine Lugg

    May 21, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Those are just stunning machines. I have no desire to own one (RA hands and I still have nightmares about the Crowns of my undergrad), but wow! What a lovely bit of kit.

    • Ian White

      May 21, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      Catherine,

      And that’s not even the sum of it. There are amplifiers, headphone amplifiers, and speakers.

      I plan on visiting Jeff in FL to do an interview.

      Best,

      Ian White

  2. ORT

    May 21, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Not having listened to any of their offerings I can only tender this, my personal supposition:

    And that being ’tis highly likely that “The Three Little Bops” would approve.

    d’ORTagnan

  3. Steven

    May 24, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    Like the jeweled tooling of an exquisite watch but scaled up to audio equipment size. Amazing!

    • Ian White

      May 24, 2023 at 9:07 pm

      Steven,

      I’m headed to Ohio in early-July for a hands-on experience. Will be doing an interview/feature with Kostas/Jeff Garshon.

      Best,

      Ian

      • Steven

        May 27, 2023 at 8:52 pm

        I’m not a R-to-R guy but I’ll be looking forward to that!

        • Ian White

          May 28, 2023 at 1:54 pm

          Steven,

          They make speakers, amplifiers, headphone amplifiers, and headphones as well. I’ll be taking a look at all of it.

          Ian

  4. Metalhead

    October 26, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Stunning and industrial art to this viewer.

    I cannot afford one but congratulations to those who can. Would love to slum and sit in front of one playing back Rickie Lee Jones or Patricia Barber.

    Have a venerable old Teac X2000 and love it but the Metaxas appears to be a whole new level.

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