Let me make one quick point for the new collectors reading this.One will often hear the terms 3-screw and 4-screw in reference to the Ambassadeur reels. As one looks at the endplate opposite the handle, the reel will either have 3 or 4 screws. The ABU 3000 and Ambassadeur 4000 have 4 screws on the left side but are not considered by collectors as a 4-screw model.
This raises the question, could ABU have produced 231 units with serial numbers ranging from #1~#10?
It is my hope that this information can be used as a tool to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with collecting.
I have also included some cleaning tips that I've learned over the years which I believe are helpful to know.
Can you ever recall seeing a 5000 De Luxe stamped with serial number #11 through #231? This has been one of the great mysteries surrounding this model ever since its introduction in 1962.
Simon Shimomura, author of three books on collectible Ambassadeur reels has sought for 20 years to find a single example of these missing serial numbers without success.One of my father’s favorite reels was the Ambassadeur 6000.