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 Post Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:45 am 
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You know it would be realy cool if you could type in your serial # and it would tell you the year, the color, the model and who or where it was shipped to.wishful thinking???


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 Post subject: Re: serial # decoder
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:24 am 
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I think that would be cool, too. What of the 'factory invoices' used in Richard Smith's book. Are these still extant? If so, is the information available to the public?

I actually requsted this information from Rickenbacker earlier this year, and though the other questions I posed were answered, this one was not.


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 Post subject: Re: serial # decoder
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:45 pm 
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First, there's simply too much paper documentation to make this feasible. It would be a lifetime of work to transcibe it. (Indeed, we have all the records.)

Second, this day and age, considerations of privacy, both ethical and practical, make it impossible.


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 Post subject: Re: serial # decoder
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:02 pm 
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Thanks for the reply.

So, the numbers in the Richard Smith book regarding production totals can be used in good faith (where that information is provided)?


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 Post subject: Re: serial # decoder
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:57 pm 
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Unfortunately, no. Richard Smith did not have access to all of the company records because at that time we consisted of two separate companies at different locations. Also, the records were not in any particular order as no one really thought this data would be of any importance. They have since all been consolidated into one archive and while not fully sorted, they are much more organized, to the extent that things are at least chronological by year.

It's not Richard's fault that these records were not complete and fully available when he wrote the book so long ago, but on the other hand, that section of the book was not shown to us prior to publication; had it been, we would have pointed out that it was impossible at that time to have compiled the data.

The classic example is at guitar shows- the book will say only 5 units of a type were made in one year, and yet a dozen perfectly good examples are visible on display.


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 Post subject: Re: serial # decoder
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:47 pm 
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OK, that clears things up. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.


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