The drags on the saltiga have been upgraded since previos version that was released in 01. all New daiwa saltiga reels have carbon drag washers. The stella sw. also have carbon fibre but only on the reels bigger than 5000 or 6000 series (8000, 10000, 18000 and 20000)
Saltiga used teflon washer that made a lot of starting resistance in the drag.
the smaller stella sw use some kind of filt ( I believe they use these since they believe the carbon fibre will be to rough for such a small reel)
as for the gears on the saltiga I believe the same meterial is used as on the old ones(marine bronze) they are digital cut gears, for perfect meshing... (fancy)
Ps. I made a small review of the new saltiga 5000 on this board. See thread here: http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=2968.0