Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The mid-Pacific.
Have you ever checked out a pre-war Hardy Perfect? I mean in your hands. These were made to such close tolerance, as tight as any modern day reel, without the use of modern day tech and tools! I could post pics of a few of mine, but it's not so much about the looks of the reels with me. It's about the simple design and craftsmanship, not to mention that The Perfect was built to last.
Compare for example your Lamson Guru, and my 3 3/4 WD MK II: I've owned several Lamson reels (two ULAs, an LS, & a Guru(and they are fine pieces,)) but with all those rubber seals to keep the drag components dry and clean they are not going to last for ever without having to repair or replace some of these parts at one point or another. Just wondering: Does your reel still have that clicker intact? Lamson/Waterworks goes as far as stating than you should not dismount the spool river-side so as to keep all water and contamination out of the drag cylinder. The better two of my Lamson reels had to go back to Boise for repairs/replacements within just two years of regular use.
Now, my Hardy Perfect, St. John and St. George are pre-war models. There is noting in these reels that requires regular replacement other than a regular dab of grease. Except for a handle-assembly(just recently)every part is original to the reels. How many previous owners, I wonder, have these gone through?
I'm not saying a modern reel will need repair or wont last, but chances are that something will go bad simply because they are not built to last. They are built to be replaced by they new, up-dated model the company has planned to release in a few years, making everything prior obsolete.
So you've recently come along into the "spey-game" as you call it, but folks have been collecting vintage tackle for decades. This is not a new fad, and just like any other collection of vintage "anything."