So what's the main concern about the original handle that comes with the KDS471P? Is it the size of the knob or the length of the handle? It seems like some are changing the handle/knob assembly from other reels, but is the length of the handle the same as the original? When I say length of the handle, I'm talking about the center line of the gear sleeve to the center line of the knob. Changing the length of the handle will cause you to change the speed you crank the handle in order to maintain the same IPT as the original handle. My concern about changing the handle is that most are replacing the original with a straight handle, while the original is offset. This changes the dynamics and moves the swing of the turn farther away from the reel. (Hope I'm saying that correctly). Is this a concern to anyone? The reel was engineered to have that swing closer to the reel, which seems to me to create a smoother turning reel. If the length of the original handle is good, why not just change the knob like dh515 did in post #24? I'm assuming the handle is original and the knob was changed. Maybe it's because some don't have to tools required to grind the original knob off and install a replacement? Another concern is that some are replacing the original handle, which has a counter balance to keep the handle from turning while making a cast and to make for a smoother crank. Without that counter balance, the handle could possibly swing, while casting, which would engage the reel into gear during the cast. Has anyone experienced this problem? A larger knob on the original handle could have the same affect. Just a few things that I've been thinking about after reading this post. Perhaps nothing to worry about.