So yes, that “something” I wanted was a Leica. If for no other reason than to simply explore the world of Leica. Originally, I set out to buy a used M8 and 28mm lens. Then I read too much, asked too many questions and reviewed too many photos. And when you think about it M9 has a nice ring to it. M9. 911. Not 811.
By this time, I had asked Ken Hansen, a Leica dealer since 1978, to look for an affordable (beat up) M9 for me. In between we exchanged emails. I got a sense of him and I suspected he got a sense of me. Finally an offer would come. He called it “the deal of the century”. I couldn’t dial his phone number fast enough. It was that damn good.
A package arrived on my door step containing a certified-preowned-like-new M9 with warranty. It had been through the Leica M9-P upgrade program which included sapphire LCD screen and Leica logo and M9 engraving delete on the top plate. I couldn’t have been more pleased. It is in absolute mint condition.
Ken reminded me of the type of people I like to do business with – old school, personal and knowledgable. The kind where you always interact with the person who makes the decisions and usually own the business. The kind of people who still handwrite receipts. I was not an invoice number.
In the end, Ken will get all my future Leica related business. Eventually when I recover from the body purchase, I’ll acquire a Leica lens from him. For now, I will have to make do with my Daniel Craiglist Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton MC.
Should you guys need anything Leica related – I can fully recommend Ken Hansen. You’ll have to contact him by phone or email. He doesn’t have a website. Like I said…old school…212-879-3263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now please excuse me, my bladder is full from the Kool-aid. I must go relieve myself then start taking pictures with my new rig.