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TD Sol and TD alphas......

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Are this basically the same reels. I'm planning on getting one for finesse fishing and was wondering the difference between the two and also the difference between Alphas 103, 103 F and ITO.

thanks in advance

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Yes, basically the same reels.  The Sol is USDM and the Alphas is JDM.  The Alphas 103 is a little lighter (6.4 oz.) than the Sol and has corrosion resistant ball bearings for saltwater use.  The Alphas F is lighter still (6.2 oz.) and has a four bearing handle like the TD-Z.  Freshwater only.  The Ito is lighter still at 6 oz., has a tuned R+ rotor for less braking, farther casting, and a lexan sideplate.

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Differences:

Sol.-

Weight = 7.4 oz

Handle = Stamped metal

Finish = painted and clear coated shiny

Price = $250

Freshwater only

Alphas 103/103L

Weight = 6.4 oz

Handle = Cold forged

Bearings = CRBB 's ( Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings )

Finish = painted and clear coated shiny

Price = $250-$280

Salt/brackish water safe.

Alphas Type F

Weight = 6.2 oz

Handle = Cold forged with 2 extra bearings ( 1 for each knob )

Finish = painted and clear coated mattè

Price = $250-$270

Freshwater only

Alphas Itö

Weight = 6 oz

Handle = Cold Forged

Finish = polished aluminum

Spool = R+ type rotor

Price = $400 +

Freshwater only

Alphas R edition

Weight = 6 oz

Handle = carbon fiber/cork knobs/ 2 extra bearings ( 1 for each knob )

Finish = painted and clear coated shiny

Price = $300 +

Salt/brackish water safe.

It 's basically the same reel with variations in weight and/or features, same line capacity in all models.

There 's another model: Alphas 150, different reel

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My Sols have brass main gears and drive shaft, but my Alphas Ito has aluminum.  Does anyone know what materials are used in the Type F, Type R, and vanilla Alphas?  I thought the Type F and vanilla were brass as well, but its been a while since I've had one open.

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The Type F and R Edition have aluminum gears like the Itö.

The weight difference between the Type F and the Itö must be in the extra bearings in the knobs.

The weight parity between the R Edition and the Itö must come from the carbon fiber handle.

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The Type F and R Edition have aluminum gears like the Itö.

The weight difference between the Type F and the Itö must be in the extra bearings in the knobs.

The weight parity between the R Edition and the Itö must come from the carbon fiber handle.

Thanks, and you answered my next question like you were reading my mind :)

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Thanks, and you answered my next question like you were reading my mind :)

I don 't know from where I 'm getting the feeling a carbon handle is going to appear in a short term in one of those reels you got   :-?..... just guessing !  :)

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Been pricing out Bassarts and I'ze's already!  Gotta clean a few more reels for those though :)

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Black cabon fiber handle, cork knobs ........ on a SOL ----->  , everything combines with that beautiful color the reel has.  :)

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