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« Reply #345 on: August 04, 2021, 08:53:27 PM »

Cooool, a lever drag on a spinner. Kinda handy, when you think about adjusting the drag during a fight. So, I’mina guess, it puts pressure on the spool shaft, inside the gearbox, which is anchored to the spool?


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I dont know if this little guy, the Magnumlite GTX 2100 speedmaster spinning reel qualify as historical or unusual spinning reel but it does have reardrag and also a lever drag to make microadjustments on the fly.

this is waaay to small to use it on my beaches so, it has a place on my desk


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« Reply #346 on: August 05, 2021, 01:27:04 AM »

Tommy - That is a really neat Sears ad!  Even at my age, I'm a little weak sometimes on Cost of Living rationalizations; for that Larchmont reel being $23.50/$16.20, what was comparable at the time?  What would one have expected to pay for say a Mitchell or other popular spinner of the day?  I have to think at the wages of the time that would have been a serious purchase? - john

The ad says $27.50/$17.50 for a Mitchell, which would have been a 300. My dad was 26 and a carpenter at that time (owned his own non-union business). Union carpenter scale was around $3.00 an hour, non-union more like $2.50. It would have taken two days work, after taxes, to buy a Mitchell 300, Orvis 100, and even a Zebco 33  Roll Eyes. Carpenter wages are 10X that in 2020/21 here so it seems it be would equivalent to a $250-$300 reel in todays work environment. I think money went further back then, though.  Undecided
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« Reply #347 on: August 05, 2021, 01:39:20 AM »

The inflation from 1956 to 2021 is approximately 10X sooooooooo
A ten Dollar item back then would cost 100 today .
If you factor in machining costs back then to today's Automated CNC Machines  and Cad Designing  and composite Materials some stuff might actually be cheaper .

The Key to survival  in any era monetarily is to always make More than you Spend . Roll Eyes
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« Reply #348 on: August 05, 2021, 03:43:57 AM »

Tommy - That is a really neat Sears ad!  Even at my age, I'm a little weak sometimes on Cost of Living rationalizations; for that Larchmont reel being $23.50/$16.20, what was comparable at the time?  What would one have expected to pay for say a Mitchell or other popular spinner of the day?  I have to think at the wages of the time that would have been a serious purchase? - john

The ad says $27.50/$17.50 for a Mitchell, which would have been a 300. My dad was 26 and a carpenter at that time (owned his own non-union business). Union carpenter scale was around $3.00 an hour, non-union more like $2.50. It would have taken two days work, after taxes, to buy a Mitchell 300, Orvis 100, and even a Zebco 33  Roll Eyes. Carpenter wages are 10X that in 2020/21 here so it seems it be would equivalent to a $250-$300 reel in todays work environment. I think money went further back then, though.  Undecided
   $274.69   in todays money             https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/   
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« Reply #349 on: August 05, 2021, 04:12:42 AM »

Thank you Tommy for the perspective!  While it can be fairly easy and semi accurate to use a cost of living or other econ calculator, I always like to see what the advertised prices were and with the firsthand feedback of you reminiscing about your Dad's financial situation, it really puts it in focus for me, thanks!!!!!! - john
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« Reply #350 on: August 05, 2021, 05:24:47 AM »

This is exactly why it is good to buy and fish QUALITY spinning reels from 35 to 50 years ago.

They fish well, parts are available, they have both collector as well as monetary appreciation value.

For $30 to $100 — a good quality spinner such as Cardinal, Penn, Mitchell, or DAM Quick can be picked up.

The fish haven’t changed in millions of years — what could be wrong with a $100 metal, worm-drive, proven spinner — that if new — would run around $300, or so?

Plus, they are cool, nostalgic, historical, as well as capable reels that cannot be bought today — for any price.

This is why I have chosen to specialize in these brands — after working on all others for over 40 years.

This is my viewpoint — based purely on personal experience.

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« Reply #351 on: August 05, 2021, 12:03:26 PM »

Fred you smooth talkin Devil ................
You have me convinced to start Collecting old Reels now !
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« Reply #352 on: August 05, 2021, 08:11:36 PM »

Fred you smooth talkin Devil ................
You have me convinced to start Collecting old Reels now !

What took you so long, Harry, oh, I mean Henry?  Grin
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« Reply #353 on: August 16, 2021, 12:17:10 AM »

To me the Pinnacle is the Gold Penns and the skirted Mitchels. Skirted spools make a lot of sense, and the Penns and Mitchels are familiar to me and bulletproof.

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« Reply #354 on: August 16, 2021, 01:22:54 AM »

Fred you smooth talkin Devil ................
You have me convinced to start Collecting old Reels now !

What took you so long, Harry, oh, I mean Henry?  Grin

Been waitn to see if there were anythin to it. I got like 5 Zebco's and a few others Roll Eyes
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