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Old 07-16-2004, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone owned or tried out any Shimano Reel made for Japan?

Ultegra, Twinpower, Sensilite, Biomaster

They look to be very sharp reels and from what I have read they are better than the reels Shimano makes for America. I'm looking to buy a Twinpower, which is basically a Sustain in the USA. I've owned a Sustain and it is a great reel, and the Twinpower is hyped up to be better and basically a Stella with less bearings. I also want to get one of the other three.

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I have never fished with one of these reels. I am a Shimano fan; how do you order on - online?
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I don't know whether or not Shimano makes anything really different for Japan, but all of my reels are Shimano - and I love 'em.
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the Japanese make better electronics and cars for Japan than for the rest of the world, I'm sure they do the same with their reels.
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i work with someone that owns a shimano from japan. He said that the new models shimano makes don't get to the US for a few yrs.
He loves his.
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I have read that the Japanese reels can step up to Stella performance. Unline Shimano reels here in America. Shimano is my favorite reel, but sometimes I wish they would last longer, however, I do fish them heavily.
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Check out ebay for these reels....there usually are quite a few up for sale and seem to be priced less than their shimano US equivalent...
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I have the twinpower 2500(based on the sustain model here) and the scorpion1001 reels(hopped up curado). These are nice reels, consider the slow oscilating systems on the models you posted above, are sometimes troublesome, i ended up removing two washers on the spinning reel to biased less line tangle. What we get here is the watered down models based on these reels and 2 years behind their release. When it come down to reels, its up to your own personal preference and what you expect from a reel and how much $ you want to spend on one, but the quality and the enjoyment on these reels are by far are awesome and i expect that they should last a lot longer.

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