This morning I saw these VM29's with my own eyes, nothing missing or broken and slides are mint. The slides were lubricated before storage.
It ends up a widow is selling off a enthusiasts parts collection, and these were in a parts bin.
They were offered to me but I declined due to that entry price a few of you agreed on (too rich for my current situation)
I also really do not need them as I have way too many sets of other carbs I can choose from for my future builds.
There were plenty of other people on the list after me, so they may already be spoken for (saw them at 9 AM, its now close to 5 PM here)
I think the VM29's are the best carbs on the KZ900/KZ1000 - until you get to 1200cc or bigger - then the bigger RS 34's are better. Just putting a set of 29's on a stock KZ1000 will perk it up. The VM26's are really a little too small IMHO to do the KZ1000 engine justice - but the EPA/DOT mandates on emissions almost certainly influenced Kawasaki to go small.