Good the know, the GS-9 is a classic, I have never fished with a smoother reel than the GS-9, I believe you can still buy them in the Middle East and in Singapore as well, I know this because in November 2016 I was discussing the reel with an old fishing buddy of mine who also has one and he told me that he saw these reels for sale in the middle east and in Singapore a few months ago. It goes to show you what a great reel it has been and still is. I have caught my first Large Barra on that reel and many more fish after that.
I got my GS-9 by chance in Mumbai, those were the days when I was still studying and had no cash, A friend had a GS-9 that he used sparingly and never really fished, so someone told me that he wanted to get rid of this reel along with a telescopic rod. I knew the guy quite well and he was just giving me the GS-9 and the rod, but I insisted on paying him, the money he took reluctantly, a princely sum of Rs. 750
, that is all I had.
Anyway, several years later after I had left India and was back in Mumbai for a holiday, a common friend was fishing for that reel again, he came to my place one evening and said "do you remember the reel that Robbie gave you, he wants it back!" I was sure guy wanted the reel for himself, I told him that he did not give it to me, I bought it off him. (I can never part with that reel, far too many memories). Later on I felt bad for the guy and sent a message saying he could have any other new reel from by collection of samples (not the top of the lines ones, I have several Shakespeare reels I had bought some years ago as I wanted to start a tackle shop along with a friend in India, it never took off ), but I think he was too embarrassed to come and claim it. So the GS9 is still safe and sound.