Kostas Metaxas, founder and principal of Metaxas & Sins, says he has decided to build a portable open reel tape recorder using only discrete semiconductors and parts similar to those used on recorders built in the 1960s and 1970s. (Click on image for larger view)

At present only a concept, rather than working product, Metaxas says the Metaxas & Sins ‘T-RX portable recording device No 1’ will be biased for either 468 or 911 quarter-inch tape and will operate at only a single speed: 15 inches per second. Drive will be provided by six brushless d.c. motors. The intention, according to Metaxas, is to produce: ‘a kinetic art object which happens to record and play analogue tape.’

I am basing the design of the T-RX heavily on the portable Stellavox SM8 recorder,’ Metaxas told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, ‘for which I have received the blessing of Stellavox founder Georges Quellet. When I purchased my Stellavox SM8 and TD9 in 1986 (see story HERE), they cost me around $50,000 which was the price of a suburban house in Melbourne, Australia, where I was living at the time. The same house today would cost around $1 million.’

Metaxas (pictured below, click for larger image) has used his Stellavox recorders to record more than 300 concerts over the years [www.metaxas.com/recordings.html] and he claims that he is ‘probably the most prolific recording engineer using analogue tape of the past 20 years.’ Metaxas features in a book on Stellavox (HERE) written by Roland Schellin.

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