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PENN REELS

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Past couple of years I've purchased Okuma products based on cost and I thought they were good value. This year I went for an American made and a better quality reel and purchased two Penns. Now not that this has anything to do with quality but I was disapointed when I opened the Penn box and the first thing I see is a "Made in China" sticker. Being a by product of shipping jobs overseas the first thing I thought was "damn, isn't anything made in here anymore"? Just a little rambling, never expected to see that damn sticker! :lol:

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Hold onto all your old penns if you've got em. Penn aint what it used to be.

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here here.

I inherited my grandfather's old 113 after he died, and he bought this reel 30 years ago. After I got it, say 6 years ago, this thing is still a brute. It had the chromed brass spool, now they are plastic or whatever they do. Penn used to be very dependable, now, I'm not so sure.

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Hopefully with Penn being purchased by K2, they will improve their products and provide the quality and selection we wish to have. Remember, Abu-Garcia reeels are now made in China and not Sweden. Your old conventional 7000 is something to hold on to.

PS: If want old original Penn reels, go on E-bay.

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I bought 3 Penn Senators on eBay last winter. Can't wait to run them. Seems eBay sellers always have them. Check out the sellers feedback, and you should do OK.

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I purchased a 550g and 650M, compared to my Okuma's these are two solid reels, appearance, feel, smooth action. I was just a little surprised to see "Made in China" sticker on both. Actually can't wait to use them both, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

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I don't think you will be dissapointed. My Dad has a couple of new penns and he has no complaints with them. I just don't think you will be using the same penn reel 40 years from now like some of the old penns from the 60's that are still being used today.

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The Chinese are becoming pretty good at making a lot of stuff...no big surprise, considering how much practice they've been getting. If the materials and construction are solid, those newer Penns are probably going to be okay.

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