Hi BDer this is my 1st time to post in this forum but I want to share my though about the Speedmaster 12II. I decided to go to The Longfin to pick it up yesterday. Here are some pictures of it compare to the Talica. The speed master almost the same size of the Talica however, the spool are deeper on the Talica hence it hold more line than the Speedmaster 12II but on the box it said the same 400yrds of 65lb Powerpro According to the schematic, the SM12II have 4 S-ARB ball bearing 1 ball bearing under the gear and one from the handle knob less than the Talica . But who care about the handle knob ball bearing anyways. I plan to order the ball bearing of the Talica to change out the bushing in the SM12II later on. The Schematic The reel is very smooth in either in high or low gear. I spool it up with 350 yrds of 65lb Powerpro and took it to Mile Square park to test. Casting is very good, the spool float freely. I've try couple of different lure the 1st one is the Daiwa SP minnow Floating model weight about 1-1/9 oz to mimic a live sardine the reel cast it with ease. Then I've try the Tady 45 and Taddy C It cast very far but the spool spin too fast and I got couple of blowup . After a while I've firgure out how to cast I be able to cast the Tady 45 pretty far with it . The trick is use the drag lever as the spool tension to let the lure drop slowly then cast out. The Rapidfire drag cam on the SM12II be able for me to do this. I can't do it on my Penn Fathom 25NLD2 though. The line pick up of this reel is incredible, 42 inches per turn compare to 38 inches of the Penn FTH25NLD2. Compare to the Penn FTH 25 NLD2 the Speed master 2 is heavier in weight and i think it is more comparabe to the 30LD2 than the 25NLD2. Here are some pics of the 2 The side plate off the SM12II is slightly smaller, easier to palm. Here we go. The inside of the SM12II is almost identical with the Tac12II. We have 2 large HEG brass gear with 2 dog anti-reverse clutch. Compare to the gear box of the Penn FTH25 NLD2. The diameter of the low speed gear of the 2 is comparable at 55 mm however, the high gear of the SM12II is only 45mm compare to 47mm of the Fathom. The gearing of the FTH is stronger with stainless steel gears ; However, the gear of the Shimano Speed Master 12II is very smooooth and silent. So far the Speed Master 12 is a cheaper Talica 12II missing 2 ball bearing and cast aluminium instead of cold forge machine alluminium but with the MSRP of $249. I think it will give Penn FTH LD2 a run for it money. Can't wait to put fish on it. So what would you guys choose between the 2?