While digital audio with limited fidelity has become the norm for most mainstream audio devices, there are still a handful of gifted connoisseurs who are going beyond to provide music lovers with an unparalleled listening experience. In our search for the sublime we discovered one such rare artisan, Mr. Makabe, producing custom made integrated vacuum tube amplifiers right in the geographic and historic heart of Honshu. To find out more and to experience his creations first hand, we visited Mr. Makabe, at his company Musica in Mino, Gifu prefecture. Brought up in a musical family and being technically inclined, Mr. Makabe was hooked on music and audio since childhood. Aside from his dedication to creating original audio components, Mr. Makabe also utilizes them to spread his love of listening to music at its finest. He not only holds listening concerts inside a nearby Temple playing his vinyl collection for music fans, he also hosts a regional weekly radio program promoting music. Yes, a music concert in a Temple – could such a combination “work”? Well, we were there and incredibly, it was a moving experience. Once the music started and the warm and rich notes began to flow, we were effortlessly transported – able to “see” the musicians with our ears and feel the meaning of their intent deep inside.