Friday, August 24, 2007

Shimano Stella C3000 '07

New Toy!!!! New Toy!!!! :-D

Before that, a bit of light on the Rod & Reel Family. The family has, and will go through some massive changes in the past and coming weeks. Shimano Tekota 500 & Daiwa Saltist 40 has left the family, along with Lemax SeaGame PE5 & Shino Amberjack PE1-3. On the waiting list out is EUPRO Exploder PE8 & PE1-3, Pioneer Tuna Stick PE3-5, and Shimano Technium 4000. So if anyone interested, do let me know so I can accelerate my 2007 Upgrading Plan. Hehehe...

Going back to the the main topic, Shimano Stella C3000 2007. My drool started the day this baby was announced in the Japanese Shimano website. And when the stock finally arrived in Sykt Kepong around 4 months back, I was having 'financial doubts'. The drool was out of control. And 1 month back, when I finally gotten over my 'financial doubts', the C3000 was already sold. So that's another month of waiting and drooling. The moment I got a call from Sykt Kepong few days back, I was at their door step in 30 minutes. :-p

Main purpose of this reel, light jigging. :-)

Moment of anticipation...hmmm...3rd time this year I think... The box, the reel & pouch, schematics, washers and a metal piece to change the handle from left to right.
Absolute beauty...Still drooling... :-D
Slow Oscillation System - Lays the line perfectly onto the spool for the best line lay and castability.
The handle screws directly into to the drive gear, resulting in zero play between the handle and gear. The handle uses a hollow handle shank, that reduces weight while maintaining excellent durability.
The clicker only clicks on 1 direction :-)
The drag washers are protected by a waterproof gasket and provide a wide range of settings, low start up inertia, and excellent durability.

Shimano Rigid Support Drag, which eliminates spool wobble, even at light drag settings.
ARC Spool - A regular fixture in most future Shimano spinning models.
Loaded with 200m of 15lb Xzoga braid

Some additional features of the Stella '07, extracts from Tackle Tour & Tackle Direct

Featuring the new Propulsion and Paladin systems as well as the Aero Wrap II system, the Stella '07 features a magnesium frame and sideplate along with an aluminum rotor to achieve its light weight, while maintaining its strength. The Stella '07 also features a proprietary gear coating on top of the normal Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement that increases its durability even more.

Aerowrap II - a worm gear oscillation system that utilizes 2 different speeds and provides a slight criss-cross pattern to reduce the chance of line dig. It provides uniform line lay and winding shape and helps prevent loss of energy during casts.

Paladin Gearing - The Paladin gear durability enhancement utilizes a CF Aluminum Drive Gear and Special Hardened Brass Pinion Gear which Shimano found to be the best combination of process, metals and tooth design. The drive gear is cold forged out of the highest grade of aluminum available and gives exceptional density with minimal amount of metal to reduce the weight. The special hardened brass alloy used on the pinion gear is the perfect match for both smoothness and durability.Reels equipped with the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement will retain their out-of-the-box smoothness much longer than before, and testing has shown that this combination of metals is more durable than an all stainless steel drivetrain while maintaining the smoothness that Shimano has become famous for.


Anonymous said...

Hi how do you find this reel after owning it for a while now? Would it be possible to post some pics of the internals?

I was previously a Shimano fan but after buying a Daiwa Certate I've become a Daiwa convert (but I still would love to own a Stella!). After taking apart my Certate I've come to appreciate how Daiwa keeps their designs as simple as possible. Its been said that good engineering keeps things simple. I also think that Daiwa has better aesthetics in their reels.

Is it possible to service the Stella yourself? I read somewhere that once you take it apart it no longer feels the same (but I dont know how true this is, probably some internet rumour as usual!)

KYFK said...

I opened up my Ryobi Zauber few years back... did everything and put it back. But the reel ceased up after landing a few fishes... didn't dare to open up any of my reels anymore after that... :p

Unknown said...

nice share...keep it up...

Big Ocean Fish

John Pruskowski said...

Wow...great quality pics of an awesome reel! The Stella is as beautiful as it is functional, and you managed to show that off very well. As to servicing it yourself, I have serviced them in the past, and they seemed just as good if not better. There are some great vids on YouTube about servicing Shimano reels...check them out.