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ABU Ambassadeur 5000 Date...

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Would like help in dating an Ambassadeur 5000



New to forum, so not sure how to post pics yet, but will start with description



 



Foot Serial # 589933



 



Spool:



Red Flanges with Gray/Silver Arbor



 



Red Star Drag with Chromed Skirt



Smooth foot



Pillar screws with slightly rounded heads



4-Screw Side-Plate



White Double Handles



 



Left Side-Plate:



ABU Ambassadeur



No 5000



AB.URFABRIKEN SVANGSTA



SWEDEN



 



Hope this helps



I'm thinking 1965-1967?



 



 



Regards, Reid


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I would say late 50's due to the red flanged spool with the grey arbor, but the serial # is what's throwing me off. But one can safely say pre 1964.smile.gif


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What year did they make the switch from the flat top screws, to the partially rounded top screws?



 



I'm probably mistaken, but I thought that was around 1965 or so?



 



This one has the partially rounded screw tops...



 



Regards, Reid


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Ok, flat head screws were no longer in use after 1961 or so. Your reel, has a spool typical of a late 1950's Abu 5000 Record, but the serial number is of a later reel, and the handle nut does not have the oil port that a reel from the late 50's would have. I don't know how long you've had the reel, but sometimes folks will replace parts as needed over the years. smile.gif


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