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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Victor Koury is one of the most devoted Ambassadeur Reel collectors you could ever hope to meet. He recently joined ORCA to share his passion with more reel collecting enthusiasts.

Victor tells us: "In my younger years (1970's-80's) I fished Bass tournments and every winter would send my reels to Springfield, Mo. for servicing but after returning one three times due to incorrect repairs / service thought I better start doing it myself. These reels were tools that had to perform flawlessly. Just because a vendor hangs a ( shingle ) sign doesn't mean he has expertise with that model."

More comments from Victor:

Ambassadeur Positives:
*Known and traded world wide.
*Best Models were made in Sweden.
*Original lubrications on non fished collectables
last 30-40 years

Suggestions About Collecting Ambassadeur reels:
* Knowledge of the models and colors is required as you can't find these details in value publications.
* Many good Ambassadeur books exist .
* Contact someone knowledgeable before making a large investment.

Cautions:
* Many attempt to make changes to color and models to increase collector value.
* Custom made reels are everywhere and few have any real, reel value.
* Servicing time requires 2 3/4 hrs on average according to my own worldwide survey.

I admire Victor's knowledge of Ambassadeur, plus he is a very nice fellow. We met through Facebook but got together face-to-face last year in Ft. Wayne. I hope other like-minded ORCA members will reach out to him and make him feel welcome. Here are some of Victor's Ambassadeur reel pictures:


Paul Manuel


Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:37 am 
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Ambassadeur reels are fun to collect. Once you get started, you can't stop. They have a long history with much to discover.


Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:54 am 
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I am a Proud ( Keeper of Fishing History ) and looking forward to learning
all my advanced age will currently allow from you gentleman.


Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:18 pm 
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Welcome Victor! I know you like other old reels too. So I hope you get much enjoyment from your membership.

Paul Manuel


Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:54 am 
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Paul,

You Sir....are a true "REEL" Hero.....Mortal men only dream of such Greatness.

Vic.


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