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For those familar with the Ray's Studio DIY spools, there is a Long Cast spool out for the pre CT Tatulas.  Even though it is billed as a long cast spool it is built like an SV spool with air brake and twisting inductor.  I've played around with it and it casts vey well.  I'm not sure how it compares to the stock spool because I haven't spent a lot of time with the reel and stock spool.  

 

More to follow.  Spools can be found on Aliexpress now and on Ebay once they become available.

 


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Very interesting.  I have a Ray's spool for a PX68 that I am liking more and more.  I am looking for a budget reel for a travel rod and an older Tatulas with a SV-like spool looks like it would be a good fit. 

 

What rod do you have it on?  The lightest lure I would be looking to throw would be around 1/4oz.  

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I've got mine of a Zodias 172M.  I've thrown a 3/8 ounce mini mop jig with no trailer 140 feet with it test casting in the yard so It should be able to handle 1/4 ounce well.

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That's the same inductor they use on all of their current offerings. There's nothing 'sv' about it really except it twists. It's just a ported inductor to shed a little weight. SV brake rotors are not ported and have different lengths which can change the braking characteristics of the spool. I've had one of the shallow bfs spools for over a year now. Worth the money and works pretty good. Quality isn't that of oem offerings but for $45 it's not bad. There's been a few issues with them previously. Mainly with the inductor block under the rotor. Something comes unglued or similar. Basically you end up with a non working spool. Hopefully with the newer versions that's all fixed now. Also don't try to pull a snag loose with your thumb on the spool. It'll bend the axle. Been there done that already.  

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28 minutes ago, rippin-lips said:

That's the same inductor they use on all of their current offerings. There's nothing 'sv' about it really except it twists. It's just a ported inductor to shed a little weight. SV brake rotors are not ported and have different lengths which can change the braking characteristics of the spool. I've had one of the shallow bfs spools for over a year now. Worth the money and works pretty good. Quality isn't that of oem offerings but for $45 it's not bad. There's been a few issues with them previously. Mainly with the inductor block under the rotor. Something comes unglued or similar. Basically you end up with a non working spool. Hopefully with the newer versions that's all fixed now. Also don't try to pull a snag loose with your thumb on the spool. It'll bend the axle. Been there done that. 

 

The inductor on this spool is not the same as what is found on the other DIY spools.  It's thicker and not tapered.  Much the same way the BFS spools are  'Air' spools this one is an 'SV' spool. 

Here are some pictures for comparison.  The DIY BFS spool has a much thinner inductor than what is found on an SV spool.  This new Tatula spool is clearly much more similar to an SV spool than the other DIYs.


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SV105 and SS SV 103 inductor thickness.  Same.

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SS SV 103 and Alphas SV inductor thickness.  The Alphas SV is a little thinner.

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SS SV 103, Alphas SV and DIY inductor length.  All same.  The taper on the DIY is clearly visible.

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Steez Limited SV105 and SS SV 103 inductor length.  The SV105 is clearly shorter.  

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Poor wording on my part, but for the Steez/Tdz platform their inductors are all the same. It's non tapered and shorter. Thickness is close. 

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Edit - It does appear they're using a different lower inductor block now and that should solve the previous issues. I've noticed that newer sv spools have a white lower block and the older ones are black. None of the newer ones have had sticky inductors like the old ones have. 

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5 minutes ago, rippin-lips said:

Poor wording on my part, but for the Steez/Tdz platform their inductors are all the same. It's non tapered and shorter. Thickness is close. 

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What spool is that inductor from?  Air spool?

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11 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

Also don't try to pull a snag loose with your thumb on the spool. It'll bend the axle. Been there done that already.  

That's exactly why I've always said I prefer free floating design.

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