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So in two days I went from looking at the Curado K to now seriously considering getting the Metanium. Is it worth the 400$ or should I pass?

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I have both. The Metanium is smoother and casts farther than the Curado K. The value of that is up to you.

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Take a look at the Chrinarch Mgl, I think it's a happy medium between the two reels. I dont have a Metanium to compare it to but its definetly nicer than the Curado.

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31 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

Take a look at the Chrinarch Mgl, I think it's a happy medium between the two reels. I dont have a Metanium to compare it to but its definetly nicer than the Curado.

The chronarch is the other one I’m considering. 

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The met will cast lighter weight baits better than the Curado K but the aluminum main gear doesn't hold up over time and will get geary feeling and buzz in your hand when the handle us turned.  The good news is that the Curado K brass main gear is compatible with the met and can be swapped in down the road.

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No metanium but I do own both chronarch mgls and curado ks. In my opinion it’s worth the extra money for the chronarch. Just feels like a much nicer reel and they are oh so smooth. 

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15 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

The met will cast lighter weight baits better than the Curado K but the aluminum main gear doesn't hold up over time and will get geary feeling and buzz in your hand when the handle us turned.  The good news is that the Curado K brass main gear is compatible with the met and can be swapped in down the road.

I've owned a Metanium MGL and had absolutely no issues and still feels as smooth as when I bought it. I have spoken with many reel techs from Shimano as well as Dan Isaac at Reelex and they say the aluminium gears don't like current or fishing really heavy resistance baits. I only fish bottom contact stuff on my MGLs. If you do that, no issues will arise. 

 

BTW swapping out from aluminium to brass main gears will void your warranty with Shimano. Just make sure its what you want to do and its worth it. 

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4 minutes ago, Stephen B said:

I've owned a Metanium MGL and had absolutely no issues and still feels as smooth as when I bought it. I have spoken with many reel techs from Shimano as well as Dan Isaac at Reelex and they say the aluminium gears don't like current or fishing really heavy resistance baits. I only fish bottom contact stuff on my MGLs. If you do that, no issues will arise. 

 

BTW swapping out from aluminium to brass main gears will void your warranty with Shimano. 

The warranty is usually long gone by the time the aluminum main gear wears out.  It is the only know permanent fix to the Metanium buzz problem.   

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10 hours ago, Patrickcatalano said:

So in two days I went from looking at the Curado K to now seriously considering getting the Metanium. Is it worth the 400$ or should I pass?

You can buy a JDM Metanium for 295 from Digitaka

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7 hours ago, Stephen B said:

I've owned a Metanium MGL and had absolutely no issues and still feels as smooth as when I bought it. I have spoken with many reel techs from Shimano as well as Dan Isaac at Reelex and they say the aluminium gears don't like current or fishing really heavy resistance baits. I only fish bottom contact stuff on my MGLs. If you do that, no issues will arise. 

 

BTW swapping out from aluminium to brass main gears will void your warranty with Shimano. Just make sure its what you want to do and its worth it. 

 

Good to see you again Stephan, Is it the Curado that has the Aluminium Gears? I changed my mind to now between the Metanium and Chronarch.

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3 minutes ago, Patrickcatalano said:

 

Good to see you again Stephan, Is it the Curado that has the Aluminium Gears? I changed my mind to now between the Metanium and Chronarch.

 

Hey buddy! The Curado has brass gears in them stock. All the reels you are looking at are phenomenal and no way you can go wrong. If you aren't set on spending the money on a Met MGL, I highly suggest the Chronarch MGL.

 

 

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I had a chronarch mgl , still have a met mgl. The chronarch is no metanium as far as longevity goes.

Like the post above states , met mgl below $300 from japan.

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I have 10 Metanium MGL's, zero issues. 

 

My vote is for the Metanium.  :thumbsup3:

 

Good luck.

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I would buy 2 curados and use the left over money on something else. 

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12 hours ago, LonnieP said:

You can buy a JDM Metanium for 295 from Digitaka

Is that website to be trusted? I looked there and all of the prices are in Yen.

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6 minutes ago, Patrickcatalano said:

Is that website to be trusted? I looked there and all of the prices are in Yen.

Very reputable.......and I love my METs

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12 minutes ago, Patrickcatalano said:

Is that website to be trusted? I looked there and all of the prices are in Yen.

Click on details to the right of the price in yen, then when the next page comes up the USD will show under the Yen amount .

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1 hour ago, LonnieP said:

Click on details to the right of the price in yen, then when the next page comes up the USD will show under the Yen amount .

Thank you again everyone, my only concern is that they don’t have warranty’s on reels shipped to America? Is that true? 

 

I found it on this forum

 

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27 minutes ago, Patrickcatalano said:

Thank you again everyone, my only concern is that they don’t have warranty’s on reels shipped to America? Is that true? 

 

I found it on this forum

 

Yes there is no US warrenty with the JDM reels.  For a lot of us this is not a concern as we either don't have issues out of the box with the reels or just fix whatever is wrong with the reel ourselves.  It is a bit of a risk but worth it.  The only known issue with these reels are the brittle main gear which can be fixed yourself with a Curado K main gear from The Tackle Trap.

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43 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

Yes there is no US warrenty with the JDM reels.  For a lot of us this is not a concern as we either don't have issues out of the box with the reels or just fix whatever is wrong with the reel ourselves.  It is a bit of a risk but worth it.  The only known issue with these reels are the brittle main gear which can be fixed yourself with a Curado K main gear from The Tackle Trap.

 

Alright thank you. I think I’m gonna order the Metanium from there. Only concern is what you said about the “main gear being brittle”, how long would it last if I don’t change the gear? I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at assembling things. 

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1 hour ago, Patrickcatalano said:

 

Alright thank you. I think I’m gonna order the Metanium from there. Only concern is what you said about the “main gear being brittle”, how long would it last if I don’t change the gear? I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at assembling things. 

There are different reports of how long they last depending on use.  If it gets finesse use tossing 1/4 oz baits I'm sure it will last longer than pitching jigs or high resistance cranking applications.  Gear swaps are easy to do.  I've replaced most of my aluminum gears in my Daiwas with brass ones over time.  Worst case scenario you can send the reel in to the Tackle Trap and they can install the Curado K gear.  I think they do a deal on the swap and a carbontex drag upgrade.  It I was in the market for one that would be the 1st thing I do but that's me.  I'm not an aluminum gear fan.

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Does Digitaka ship from the US or Japan?  I looked all over their site and couldnt confirm.

 

If they come from Japan, how long does shipping typically take?

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37 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

There are different reports of how long they last depending on use.  If it gets finesse use tossing 1/4 oz baits I'm sure it will last longer than pitching jigs or high resistance cranking applications.  Gear swaps are easy to do.  I've replaced most of my aluminum gears in my Daiwas with brass ones over time.  Worst case scenario you can send the reel in to the Tackle Trap and they can install the Curado K gear.  I think they do a deal on the swap and a carbontex drag upgrade.  It I was in the market for one that would be the 1st thing I do but that's me.  I'm not an aluminum gear fan.

Thank you! I just purchased the metanium MGL online about 20 minutes ago. 

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2 hours ago, TNReb said:

Does Digitaka ship from the US or Japan?  I looked all over their site and couldnt confirm.

 

If they come from Japan, how long does shipping typically take?

Recently bought a reel from Japan Tackle.  Shipping was quicker than I had thought it would be.  Don't remember the number of days, but I am guessing around 4-5 days to arrive.

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Great reel. Too chromed out bling for my tastes. But I don’t believe claims that the gears are worse. People said that about stainless gears, I have reels with stainless gears, they stay truer to how they felt fresh out of the box than brass. I’d expect that to be the case with aluminum, because the “aluminum” in a metanium is probably that hard light titanium feeling low mass metal found in most newer reels in the worm and gearshaft and not forged aluminum foil.

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