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They are pretty rare, but the instruments registered are only the tip of the iceberg.
Our own forumite, Marc Lazare has a "few" (7 IIRC) unregistered ones, and from the list of owners I have collected so far we have:
4 70's 4001
2 360/6 V64
2 360/12 V64
1 360/12 WB
1 LH 4003/5
Rumors about a 60's 360...
This does NOT include Ilan's, Marc's or my Ricks...
Israel's population (7 million) is about the same as Switzerland's, Bulgaria, or Hong Kong. Switzerland has 3 registered Rics, Bulgaria - 1, Hong Kong - 0.
I hope that a confluence will change things dramatically.
I have talked to Udi several times (I bought his last rick many years ago), he said he is VERY interested in being RICs distributor.
I believe he mentioned that he didn't order enough or something like that and that he got shut down by RIC because of that.
Besides Udi Marom - I know a couple of other store owners who are "dying" to be Rickenbacker's distributor in Israel. Is there a chance for us, Israelis - to have a distributor here...???
As for your comment about the Arab countries: it is not the first time that some Arab countries are banning companies that sell in Israel, that's really funny, because they can easily buy Israeli technology (from Intel CPUs through Voicemail systems to Agricultural technology using a 3rd party)...
... Still he's a very nice guy, always helpful, and was very impressed by you, Mr Hall.johnhall wrote:It seemed every time we tried to contact him, Udi Marom was on the slopes in Chamonix.
Now the only Ric in their store is a used Jetglo 330...
this is a shame that there is no distribution of Rickenbacker in Israel.
marom are disgrace.
3 yeas ago i was interested in purchasing Ric 4003 from them and they didn't pay any attention to me.
there are also a lot of complains from lot of costumers about their costumer service. not related to Rickenbacker.
in my opinion, they are one of the worst music stores in Israel. there are otters stores that can be better distributors to Rickenbacker basses and guitars in Israel.
and there are lot of people who wants to buy Ric.
but now, personal import is the only option that available, like i did.
This is great to have another Israeli in the forum.
You have a Mapleglo 4003, no?
Please take the time to register it.
If you recall - we have spoken on the phone once or twice about a possible confluence, this is finally getting closer and closer, I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile - enjoy this forum, there are many nice Rickenbacker enthusiastics around here.
I have a humble collection of 3 Ricks:
325 V59 JG with Lennon mod's
325 V63 JG
360/12 V64 FG
I used to have a 360 FG but I sold it last year.
In the future I plan to get a 325 C64 MG.
Good to see you around!
Your collection is very impressive, I remember that you waited for a C63 a few years ago, no?