Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

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Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Mitchell324 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:41 pm

I've just acquired a cane rod which I intend to refurbish, I'll not say what it is just yet because I want some unbiased opinions:
Now this is my question do I go for "originality" or do I "personalise" it to my own taste.
Anyway lets have your thoughts on the subject.
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Fred » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm

If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Paul D » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:07 pm

Fred wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
My thoughts exactly :Hat:
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Harry » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:28 pm

Fred wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
Gotta go with that... I've had a few rods rebuilt... anything ambiguous tends to get the personal touch...!
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Beresford » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:16 pm

Fred wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
I agree but sometimes even with the best intentions it's not always possible to restore to exactly as the rod was when new, as I'm discovering.
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Dendrobaena » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:44 pm

Fred wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
Got to agree with Fred on this one.
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Chavender » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:49 pm

Fred wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
If it has a name and the name is a good one then restore. it keeps our history alive.
If it as no name and/or is not to your liking then alter it to soot your purposes as it will keep the rod fishing.
always my view
if it has a name and in half decent condition then restore it
if its in poor condition its a toss up weather too restore/refurbish or remodel (i'm not above remodelling a named rod if it gives me what I want ,but do prefer a rod in need of tlc as a doner rather than a good example )
no name ,then its a blank canvas

the only thing that causes problems is when you have a rod that's had a replacement section from another good rod ,do you go with the top or bottom as its 50/50 ,I have a sealey roach rod ,that's had a replacement top section (not a compound tapered one) of a peterstone ledger (I guess theres only so many suitable /similar tapers to go araound) ,if the bottom was a peterstone butt section coupled too the compound taper sealey top ,it would be a easier choice ,redo the bottom too sealey spec's .its the taper that defines the rod,so at some point i'll rebuild the handle too the peterstone spec's ,it won't carry the peterstone name but will get a nod too its heritage ,probably the chavender ledgerstrike .

at the end of the day its yours to do what you desire with your rod .
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Loop Erimder » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:15 pm

My thoughts are if you are 100% sure double sure you will never sell it later then do what you wish and have how you want it or if you think you may pass it on later then keep it original
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Fredline » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:14 pm

Most people would not dream of changing the spec of a named rod. But it is yours and you can do whatever you want with it.
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Re: Keeping it original or not what's your thoughts.

Post by Reedling » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:37 pm

I do not think you can really give an answer to this question without more facts but I would always try to keep an item as near to the original as you can and retain what you can, it is all part of its history. In the end it is up to you and how you feel about what you have, after all it is you that will use it after the work done.

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