AXPONA 2017: The Reel Deal

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

I love trolling the physical format cat fights on Facebook. “Vinyl vs Digital – Bowl of Milk, Party of Two”: blah blah, yada yada. My favorite way to do this is by bringing Reel-To-Reel into the fray. I know that’s kind of like bringing Bill Russell (Celtics ‘56-’69) into a conversation regarding the best players in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Or is it?

I was surprised to see so many Reel-To-Reel systems on exhibit at AXPONA this year — in years past I was lucky to see one unit per show. Tape was spinning a plenty this year, and sounding like nothing else. Surely I’ve only seen a fraction of the players on display.

Let’s take a tour…

VK Music

United Home Audio

Doshi Audio

Merrill Audio and Sadurni Acoustics

Playback Designs

J&B Distributors


Classic Audio Loudspeakers

AXPONA coverage generously provided by NOBLE AUDIO.