Awesome experience, thanks for sharing!(NOTE: This isn't really an enquiry thread, but an appreciation post of one of the few X-Metal dedicated stores out there)
About 2.5 months ago, I had the chance the visit LINEGEAR's HQ in Tsukuba, Japan. Being a loyal customer since 2017, LINEGEAR has always serviced my X-Metals with exceptional care and precision so visiting their HQ felt like a great gesture of appreciation and experience to visit the source of workmanship.
It wasn't exactly planned, but since Tsukuba city was only 45 mins away (via express train) from Akihabara Station, it's fairly convenient to visit if you're ever in Tokyo.
From Tsukuba station, it is a 10-15 min walk to their HQ. Apparently, they're not registered in Google Maps but the place is easily searchable referring to their address: 〒305-0051 Ibaraki, Tsukuba, Ninomiya, 1-chōme−２−5 · Japan, 〒305-0051 Ibaraki, Tsukuba, Ninomiya, 1-chōme−２−5
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Upon entering the office, I was greeted by Daisuke (owner) & his partner who definitely did not expect an actual online customer appearing right in front of their doorstep. They were very surprised & flattered at the same time and quickly made me feel welcome. The funniest comment I got from them was how unbelievably young I was, because apparently all their other customers are typically 40 years old & above. And so, their first guess at my age was 37 (which is 10 years off LOL).
The place is definitely more of an office/workshop, but there were plenty of X-Metals glasses & lenses on display by the front desk and cabinets.View attachment 1048168View attachment 1048162View attachment 1048166View attachment 1048167
Daisuke was kind enough to allow me try the glasses he had on display. This was also my 1st time witnessing the Oakley Romeo in-person, so clearly that was the pair I immediately tried on. The Romeo felt amazingly comfortable as soon as I wore them and the eye coverage was obviously significantly better than the Juliet & Penny. I definitely understood why they are super valuable & high sought after.
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Since I'd brought my Juliet & Penny, I showed them to Daisuke and he helped to give a quick inspection. They're both fitted with LINEGEAR's 'Red Mirror-Polarized' lenses and to this day these lenses have been my absolute favourites amongst the various red/ruby 3rd party lenses I've bought over the years.
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After spending close to an hour just chatting with Daisuke and admiring his works, I purchased some replacement rubber parts as spares for my X-Metals and Daisuke was mega kind to drive me back to Tsukuba Station just in time for my express train returning to Akihabara, Tokyo. View attachment 1048171View attachment 1048170
Definitely an cherished memory from my Tokyo trip.
Thank you very much Daisuke for your unforgettable hospitality and having serviced my X-Metals over the last 5 years!