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Been looking at a new reel around the 140$ range and saw this. Small company, looks nice, but no reviews. If anyone has input, It be nice if you could say something. Thanks and have a nice day

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It looks like bassanglermag has an article on the reels, but I can't get it to open up on my laptop.  ☹️

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7 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

It looks like bassanglermag has an article on the reels, but I can't get it to open up on my laptop.  ☹️

Ill check it out, thank you!

9 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

It looks like bassanglermag has an article on the reels, but I can't get it to open up on my laptop.  ☹️

I'm pretty sure I read this a month ago or so. I think they took it down or they're website cant open It for whatever reason. Thanks again!

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Save $30 and get the Daiwa Tatula CT Typer-R at Tackle Warehouse. It's on sale at $75 discount. $104.99 will get it. 

 

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22 hours ago, BaitFinesse said:

It's an aluminum framed version of a $30 Chinease reel.  You might as well just set the $140 on fire. 

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Kastking also make a version of this crap.... seen them everywhere with about a dozen different names on em'

 

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What are the weaknesses of this reel compared to the Daiwa?

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The Fitzgerald reel was on my radar, too. I had to pass after a lack of reviews. 

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18 hours ago, BaitFinesse said:

Huge. Inferior braking system.  Chinease.

So if braking was not a huge concern, what else would you say they fail at.   Is Thailand always the better choice than China?

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4 hours ago, Smalls said:

The Fitzgerald reel was on my radar, too. I had to pass after a lack of reviews. 

This is not the case of no news is good news. At that price point there are so many great reels. A new reel at that price point would really need to stand out.

 

This reminds me of another company that made primarily rods and tried to branch out into reels. It wasn't pretty.

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3 hours ago, NYWayfarer said:

This reminds me of another company that made primarily rods and tried to branch out into reels. It wasn't pretty.

What were they thinking! Everyone knows first you make bicycle parts, then you make reels, then you make rods, and then you buy the high end rod line, Jeez!...

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A good way to evaluate anything is resale value.

Tom

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5 hours ago, Heartland said:

So if braking was not a huge concern, what else would you say they fail at.   Is Thailand always the better choice than China?

Size.  The reel is very large.  I would rather my reel have been designed by the likes of Daiwa or Shimano with quality parts fit for a $140 reel and made in a Daiwa or Shimano run and owned plant in southeast asia than have a reel that was designed and built in China as a $30 with $30 reel parts sold to me as  a $140 reel branded as [yournamehere].  

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1 hour ago, reason said:

What were they thinking! Everyone knows first you make bicycle parts, then you make reels, then you make rods, and then you buy the high end rod line, Jeez!...

I was referring to Favorite rods not Shimano. But I get the point. :laughing7:

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4 hours ago, reason said:

What were they thinking! Everyone knows first you make bicycle parts, then you make reels, then you make rods, and then you buy the high end rod line, Jeez!...

not to mention that whole curado, chronarch E, G, period of nonsense.

 

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8 hours ago, BaitFinesse said:

Size.  The reel is very large.  I would rather my reel have been designed by the likes of Daiwa or Shimano with quality parts fit for a $140 reel and made in a Daiwa or Shimano run and owned plant in southeast asia than have a reel that was designed and built in China as a $30 with $30 reel parts sold to me as  a $140 reel branded as [yournamehere].  

I am trying to understand your train of thought here.  Are you expressing an answer as a matter of personal preference or a side by side comparison either done by yourself or information gathered from other reviews.   Would it not  be possible for a company to request certain specifications be a part of their purchase order?

 

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19 minutes ago, Heartland said:

I am trying to understand your train of thought here.  Are you expressing an answer as a matter of personal preference or a side by side comparison either done by yourself or information gathered from other reviews.   Would it not  be possible for a company to request certain specifications be a part of their purchase order?

 

Within reason.  Anti reverse bearings and possibly gear material as well as the quality of the cut may be able to be variable with this platform.  I know with some Doyo platforms there is a tremendous difference in the very high and low end spec of a platform.  

 

Still, you don't order a reel from a particular platform and expect there to be anything other than parts from that manufacture used in the construction of the reels from the platform.  You would select a higher end platform from the OEM if you want higher end parts.  I'm sure this reel is the nicest example of this platform out there but it is still a suped up very low end platform and a lot of the parts are going to be interchangeable with $30 reels.  

 

Even if a Fiero with a Ferrari body kit had some Ferrari parts in it, it is still a Fiero. 

 

 

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I get the point you're making but using that same logic would that not also make a chronarch  an upgraded caenan? 

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2 hours ago, Heartland said:

I get the point you're making but using that same logic would that not also make a chronarch  an upgraded caenan? 

No the Chronach and Caenan are completely different platforms.  A better example would be the Curado G and Caenan.  The Curado G was HATED because it was a  Caenan with an aluminum frame.  The older Curado E reels were loved because they were similar to the high end Chonach.  Trickle up vs trickle down.

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18 hours ago, NYWayfarer said:

This is not the case of no news is good news. At that price point there are so many great reels. A new reel at that price point would really need to stand out.

 

This reminds me of another company that made primarily rods and tried to branch out into reels. It wasn't pretty.

That was my train of thought. There’s too many reels with proven track records to justify taking a chance on one with zero reviews. 

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20 hours ago, WRB said:

A good way to evaluate anything is resale value.

Tom

A painting made of elephant poop sold for over 2 million dollars...

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2 hours ago, reason said:

A painting made of elephant poop sold for over 2 million dollars...

There's a reel for every hand.

There's a seat for every butt.

And, apparently there's an idiot for every painting.......

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Son won a Stunner at a tournament in October 2018. Its already loose inside (can hear rattling) and crank handle is tightened all the way but still moves side to side. Looks and feels just like a Piscifun I bought my 7 year old nephew for 30$. Would not buy one if I had to. 

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Welp that's settled

 

For a 140$ pitching reel with braid what would be a good reel?

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