my shimano sustains say japanSome of you guys absolutely kill me. Like what you like, that's fine with me. But will one of you guys touting the Shimanos please look at the reel and tell me where they are made? I bet it says Malaysia. So there goes the theory that where a reel is made is the judge of it's quality. By the way, Okuma is also made in Malaysia. The top shelf Penn reels are still built in the USA, for whatever that is worth.
Will Penn go to **** now that Shakespeare owns them? I sure hope not. We'll just have to wait and see. But one thing is for sure, my Internationals sitting in the garage are just as good a reel today as they were a year ago when Penn wasn't owned by Shakespeare.
Personally I think Penn spinners are junk, at least anything they have put out in the last 10 years. I don't care for Penn's inshore converntional reels either. Shimano has them beat easily here too. As far as Penn or Shimano in a conventional reel for offshore, flip a coin or decide which shade of gold you like better. With the new drags I think both reels perform close enough to be a toss up.
The one big plus I see for Penn is that you can get parts for ANY reel they have ever built, period. That isn't true for Shimano. Ask the guys that still own Beastmaster's about it if you don't believe me. Hopefully Penn will continue with their parts support and Shimano will learn from their example. Competition is a great thing for us fisherman. Just look at all the improvements both companys have made trying to get a bigger market share by improving their reels and features over the last 10 years.
That's before they out sourced there product. Correct me if I'm wrong but I heard the T W line of Penns are going to be hard to get parts for. I agree on the Penn spinning gear in the last 10 years are junk. I have 2 6500's in the shop now but we were pulling stretches with them also. But the 6500 that is 20 years old works like a champ. All my offshore reels are VSW'S and love them. All my reels are Penn. But like everyone else we will have to see if the quality is still there. Just my $0.02 worth.my shimano sustains say japan
Not disputing your word but I find this to be VERY odd. 6 months and still waiting !sorry darren but your statement about being able to get any parts on penn reels is completely false, i've had a 30w international only 5 years old sitting in the tackle shop waiting to find a part because they don't make spares anymore for this reel, been there for 6 months or better paid 500.00 for a reel they can't get parts for anymore, shimino willl be my reels of choice from now on, i don't care where its made you pay that much for a reel you should be able to get parts, i might as well throw it in the trash.........