ABU's Golden Reels
Gold is a Precious
Favourite ABU reel images are these created by Simon Shimomura
Logically, then ABU reels are also
extremely precious metal to many of us,
Should some of them not be made
I intend to gild one of the old
Record reels to make it stand out in my Collection.
My first Golden Ambassadeur
reel is below.
I have just acquired a Golden Ambassadeur
5600 CDL # 770800 courtesy of a WA friend, Gavin Montgomery. Quite a story to unfold here soon.
In short this reel was given to me after Gavin travelled 3000km across
country to deliver it to me personally. Needless to say it was duly
Christened with a Guinness and good wine. Good friend and Collector Gary
Oswald ,said I indeed have been kissed by the good ABU fairy :<)
Simon Shimomura, friend and Guru
of all things ABU and Mr Ambassadeur , author of the 2 Classic ABU
books "My Ambassadeur and I" and "The Ambassadeur and I Final Chapter"
assures me of the great collectability of this particular reel .
model comes with some different parts such as starwheel, counterbalance,
and so forth..
It is much rare than 5000 De
Luxe, or 5000 C de Luxe models (becuse it did not sell well).
Because it did not sell
well, not much sets are out there. But I just do not have the total
I covered the model on
page 105~106 in The Ambassadeur and I. Please check the details of
this model from page 105.
That is the nice piece you
have there.. Congratulations!
Take care of yourself (and
the reel ..my note!) . Keep in touch
I have researched them and it
seems they started in 1963 like this one from my friend Uffe Edefuhr in
Sweden. Click on the pic to view larger image.
The Palming plate version of the 5600CDL (and much less rare) is
" Captain Gary" from
South Australia has just
won a beautiful and
Ambassadeur 5000 CDL
THE REEL IS A TRUE
COLLECTORS ITEM AND
COMES COMPLETE WITH ALL
THE ORIGINAL PARTS
INCLUDING :- GOLD
CARDBOARD BOX, WOODEN
PRESENTATION BOX, CLOTH
BAG, TIE PIN, SILVER
NAME PLATE FOR WOODEN
BOX ( UNENGRAVED
AMBASSADEUR CLUB ABU
REGISTRATION TO THE
AMBASSADEUR CLUB - NO.
9704,SPARE SPOOL AND
THE REEL IS NEW AND
UNUSED, THE REEL FOOT
NUMBER IS RECORDED AS
86-0 90-91 AND THE REEL
HAS A LIFETIME SERVICE
PROVIDED BY ABU.
THE REEL COST OVER £600
WHEN PURCHASED NEW MANY
More and larger
ABU Group or Collection (to my mind), is the
all in one Teak/Glass case issue called The Golden Collection
from 1991 comprising 9 Ambassadeurs and the King Gustav 33 CDL Spinning reel.
Another later Collection is from 2006 and comprises just 3 special release
Why not a nice Golden Record 1700?
Some models here supplied by
friends in USA
Wayne Mullins and Charlie Johnson
who owned this reel?
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