has been with us for the last 62 years. The ABU Ambassadeur
revolution, occurred with subtle improvements for the
first 3 decades. The reel retained its round shape but improved
considerably in handling. When 1983 arrived, the changes to occur
over the next decade were incredible and the original reel shape
and materials could hardly be recognized.
good friend Per Erlandsen from Norway, and I have
collaborating on this topic and here are our findings to
date. His magnificent .pdf chapters will be linked here. We
ABU fans do greatly appreciate his contribution here.
new style of reels have always been referred to by me as TEAR DROP
reels because their shape was other than the round ones we had
been used to for so long, and they were usually black in colour
and made from modern emerging materials such and plastic and
graphite. Many were innovative but some failed to stand up to the
elements whilst still working effectively.
much later model, seen elsewhere here as the Eon Pro, even sported
the expensive Carbon Fibre primarily as a decoration and simple
"enhancement" over the base level Eon. It was a reel which
required very careful and to my mind a difficult servicing regime.
the mid 1960's, it is worth noting that the
Ambassadeur 3000/4000 was the first ABU dipping of the toes into
unknown waters, utilizing new material like the plastic
side-plates intended for saltwater fishing. The word Ambassadeur
did not appear on this reel, though it was without doubt of the
same marque. Whilst this was the first radical reel, it was short
lived in popularity and was withdrawn form production before too
long. The next major move towards a radical reel would not be for
another 15 years.
latest iteration of the fabulous Ambassadeur reels are the
ultralight easy-casting a brutish carbotex dragged Revos. The
ABU3000/4000 and the ultimate Revo from this
marque (the bright red 150g MGXtreme , made mostly of aluminium
alloy for fresh water fishing), can be seen below.