I was a big fan of CND from the beginning, owning a 1510-3 Expert, 15'-2" Solstice, and a 13' BS. In fact, I liked the Black Spey, which was a custom build, so much I ordered a blank (one of the last three remaining) and had Steve Godshall build me an exact copy. Knowing full well that I may never be able to get replacement blank sections at any price. I have to agree that CND relations, at least here in North America, have gone down the tubes since Snake River Outfitters dropped them. It's too bad. I've been told the trickle down effect from the earthquake/tsunami has really hit Japan hard. Not offering excuses, just that's the was it is. And, like Salmo_g, there was a time when I too entertained the idea of becoming a CND rep. Not the sole distributor for the whole of NA, but maybe the west coast. Even then, that's a lot of ground for one person to cover. Especially when you don't have a full line of rods to offer. If CND is to recover and maintain a presence in NA, I think they will need to develop a different marketing strategy, not to mention customer service.