Bought this rod new last summer from an authorized dealer and have never even mounted a reel on it. It is just as it came from the factory -- perfect. It has been removed from the tube only twice -- once when I bought it and again to take the pictures which I will send to you if you send me your email address, but there is really no need for pictures since the rod is perfect. Comes with the Winston tube and sock. The rod is unregistered. $575, plus shipping to lower 48 for $10.00 via UPS Ground, all other places at cost. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them promptly.