List of Ambidex Reel Models

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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Julian » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:56 pm

I understand (kind courtesy of Nobby ) that my Ambidex No.2 pictured above may be a very early model as the anti reverse lever is different to the normal one, cosequently making it rare and possibly valuable.
Anyone else have any ideas about it?
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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by The VFC » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:12 pm

Nobby is indeed correct (curse you Nobby! Now he'll never let me have it cheaply.....) this was in fact the first anti-revers mechanism that Youngs used (before the much more common tead drop shaped lever).
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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Julian » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:23 pm

The VFC wrote:Nobby is indeed correct (curse you Nobby! Now he'll never let me have it cheaply.....) this was in fact the first anti-revers mechanism that Youngs used (before the much more common tead drop shaped lever).
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So how much do you think it might be worth ? ( PS I'm not selling it .....yet)
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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Rutland Rod » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:44 pm

Mark,
After reading your post I got my late grandad's reel out, its a No1 with half bale arm so I'm presuming the 1947 model you list, its a brown metallic finish with the name plates in dark brown bordered in gold as is the lettering, says patents pending (in numerous countries inc GB!) with the number 582695. Price on its box shows £6-17-6p, seems a lot for those days, as other readers day the small handle makes for hard work but as also mentioned its solidly built.

I can remember watching my grandad catch a 5lb plus bream at Kingston on Thames on the Canbury Gardens stretch, he used it in conjunction with a 7ft hollow glass rod ledgering with maggots. I have not used it for years but will give it a go this year.

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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Mark » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:57 pm

Rutland Rod wrote:Mark,
After reading your post I got my late grandad's reel out, its a No1 with half bale arm so I'm presuming the 1947 model you list, its a brown metallic finish with the name plates in dark brown bordered in gold as is the lettering, says patents pending (in numerous countries inc GB!) with the number 582695. Price on its box shows £6-17-6p, seems a lot for those days, as other readers day the small handle makes for hard work but as also mentioned its solidly built.

I can remember watching my grandad catch a 5lb plus bream at Kingston on Thames on the Canbury Gardens stretch, he used it in conjunction with a 7ft hollow glass rod ledgering with maggots. I have not used it for years but will give it a go this year.

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There is some history with that reel Dave.
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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Mushy » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:58 am

Hi Mark,

I have recently bought a rather battle scarred Ambidex Mark 6, pic below, not sure if this is the new shape and so a 64, rather hoping it might be a 61 model as that is the year of my birth ! can you offer any view ? I love the reel in any case seems to function well and a lovely bit of history

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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Mushy » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:09 am

Better picture this time

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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Nobby » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:03 pm

They did three reel shapes Mushy, I'll show you all three on Monday when you pick your rod up.

Yours is the middle one, indeed I have an identical reel to yours in black.

Prior to that was the 'humpbacked' ones, with a different crank inside and after that they did the 'swan-necked' ones with a swooping stem going from the back of the reel, forwards up to the reel foot.

Here's an album of some:
There's 93 images here.....I won't live long enough to catalogue them all!

http://s259.beta.photobucket.com/user/n ... 3132175733

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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by Mushy » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Thanks Nobby, so if its the middle one, could it be a 1961 production ?
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Re: List of Ambidex Reel Models

Post by The VFC » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:48 pm

What a fine looking reel Mushy (I think I may recognise it!?) - it is indeed the slope back model, which without line roller almost certainly dates it to '61-'64 (when the swan neck was released).
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