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Old 12-23-2016   #1
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Black M2 Rapidwinder

Curious how many of these were made and if any are still around (I'm guessing no). Would really like a Leicavit/Rapidwinder for my M2, but do not really want to convert it for a modern Leicavit and the original MP Leicavit are crazy expensive.

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Old 12-24-2016   #2
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Curious how many of these were made and if any are still around (I'm guessing no). Would really like a Leicavit/Rapidwinder for my M2, but do not really want to convert it for a modern Leicavit and the original MP Leicavit are crazy expensive.
You would still have to get your M2 converted no matter what kind of winder (i think), better picking up a m42 or m4p and a rapidwinder.
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Mr. Abrahamsson actually made a low number of Rapidwinders that fit the M2 with no modification. One version for the standard M2 and another to work with The reloadable Leica film cassettes.

http://rapidwinder.com/classic-and-m2-ixmoo-rapdiwinder
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Mr. Abrahamsson actually made a low number of Rapidwinders that fit the M2 with no modification. One version for the standard M2 and another to work with The reloadable Leica film cassettes.
http://rapidwinder.com/classic-and-m2-ixmoo-rapdiwinder
TomA kindly sold me one of his personal chrome M2 Rapidwinders back in the day, and I loved it. Then I eventually sold it on. I also had a black Rapidwinder on my M4-2 at the time. So some black ones did exist.
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I have an M2 (silver) TomA Rapidwinder this is the sub-type which is IXMOO compatible, no conversion is required with Tom's model.

I understand total production of M2 models was around 400 in total with around 40 in black and with the IXMOO fitting around 80 in the wild with a set limit of that edition of 100 with Tom holding the balance as the IXMOO version is his personal favourite.
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Chris is right insofar that the total production of non-IXMOO compatible M2 Rapdiwiders is 400. The Black version was around 40 - mostly a high gloss finish with a couple of matte black ones too. The IXMOO was always planned to be very limited. All in all there will be 100 or so, 80 are done and a couple of more are underway, with the balance done some time in the future. Unfortuantely I have some serious back issues at the moment and can't hang hang out over metal working machines. Painkillers help - but morphine and milling machines are not a good combination.
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Chris is right insofar that the total production of non-IXMOO compatible M2 Rapdiwiders is 400. The Black version was around 40 - mostly a high gloss finish with a couple of matte black ones too. The IXMOO was always planned to be very limited. All in all there will be 100 or so, 80 are done and a couple of more are underway, with the balance done some time in the future. Unfortuantely I have some serious back issues at the moment and can't hang hang out over metal working machines. Painkillers help - but morphine and milling machines are not a good combination.
Sorry to hear, Mr.A. I wish you a speedy recovery. Are these items all reserved already? Or will be for sale first come?

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So sorry to hear you are not feeling well Mr Abrahamsson. If you ever get around to finishing some I'd be interested in a black version.

Although some (ok most) things are more important than Rapidwinders, so here is to a healthy and happy 2017.

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Can't believe this was just a week ago...I hope I can find a Black M2 Rapidwinder someday so a part of Tom can continue to photograph for eternity. Condolences to his family and friends, I only had the pleasure of talking with Mr. A through this forum but it was always a treat.
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