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swami 805

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Mar 9, 2016
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If the guy did the drag insert kit and upgraded the inside parts it would be about what it would cost to build one like that. Would fish 80lb if it's upgraded. Not a lot to break and easy to fix but a lot of new reels for that kind of money.
 

AKSalmon

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Jul 15, 2006
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Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
Neat reel, certainly one to attract attention on the boat. But compared to contemporary reels, not really so much. Parts are almost impossible to find for a 349. And it's heavy. An Avet HX 4.2 may not have as much bling but will fish much better. Much.
 
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plj46

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Jan 7, 2008
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At that price he will own it for a long time.
 

capt norm

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Bekoff
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At that price he will own it for a long time.
Kinda what I was thinking. He's trying to get out of it what he put in. And I know it's rare..but at the end of the day it's still just a souped up 349. And it's not really all that souped up because it doesn't have the drag inserts.

The dude who buys this reel is a collector.
 

hucklongfin

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Jul 3, 2003
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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
I've tricked out some old reels but only because I enjoy doing it and using it. I never assumed I'd get out of it what I put into it... which is good because you won't! It's like home improvements most of which you won't get your money out of when you go to sell.
 

swami 805

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My buddy had a run of those kits made and doesn’t plan on making more so in that sense it’s rare but being collectible? I guess just about everything is to someone.
I enjoy customizing old penns and newells and fish them but I figure I’d get half my money back if I tried to sell them. I have several that perform about as good as a comparable new reel that would cost less but I guess I’m kind of a dork and derive some pleasure doing it. I build all my own rods too,pretty much always have. Something to do when I’m not fishing.’
 

chxh8me

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Jul 20, 2010
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Mike
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21' Whaler Walkaround
If you’re considering that, I’ve got a Newell’d out jigmaster with drag upgrade that I’ll sell you for $250....;)

All jokes aside, yah, $400 seems a bit absurd. And when I say “a bit,” I mean “a lot.”
 
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invictus

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State of the art, 30 ago, and all those add-ons were were mad obsolete by the new style Accurate and Avet style reels.

If you just want an old, novel reel, there is is. But, if your looking for a tool in the bag, better value out there.
 

hucklongfin

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The frame/spool is $200 (Vintage Tackle, Randy), the handle probably $60 (the knob from Alan Tani, blank from Mystic parts?), the reel itself $20 at a garage sale!