Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
There have been various comments regarding Ballan reels on the Clarks Bamboo forum over the years, which can be whittled down to, the earlier reels were quite well made the latter ones could have (putting it politely) issues.
I read the various comments and experiences and decided to take the chance and ordered one from him directly, although he sold on eBay at the time (some 9 years ago). Indeed the reel that I received had major issues making it unusable, and I returned it to Ballan hoping that it would be put right.
Apart from some initial promises (and excuses), time ended up going by and I heard no more. Luckily I had paid by credit card and had the various emails back and forth. In the end, my only recourse was to contact the credit card company who promptly refunded the money paid plus postage.
Moral of the story for me was you cannot get a quality, 'bench made ' reel for the $200 asking price that I paid. The reel that I received did not come with a case.