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Thanks for replying to my post. TT does have a review of the reel. But it was for the Johnny Morris Elite model, not the one I have. It is a Johnny Morris model for 134.88 dollars. The elite one is in 200 dollars range. Thanks.
The Elite version is BPS's flagship reel, and is a very nice reel.
The version you are talking about is a solid built performanced based reel without ALL the "Bells and Whistles" that the elite has.
If it's last years version of the Signature Series, the only real problem I have seen with them is that the chrome finish wears away in brackish water...and some even say with heavy rain. While this is "only cosmetic", it still SHOULDN'T have happened. They have fixed this issue with the current line of the Signature Series with a new coating on the metal to protect against that stuff.
As far as parts, I am not sure how that works out after a 5 year period of time...I would imagine that it's possible to get parts, but because it's a "house brand" of reels...somebody else is manufacturing the reels for Bass Pro. If the reel sector contract were to be granted to another company after 5 years, it is possible and highly likely that all parts for old model reels will be lost. The Bass Pro Service Center should still continue to have parts, I would imagine.
Durability?? It's no Shimano in the similar price range but it seems to be a very durable reel. I have the old old series from 3 years back and havn't had an issue with it (other then it getting dirty). I don't use it constantly, but I can forsee this reel lasting an easy 3 more years without issue.
Hope this helps.
I have had absolutely NO problems with any of my JM reels. Sometimes they were running them on sale at $119 ea and IMO, thats one HECK of a buy. I dont think any reel maker has a reel of this caliber for the $$$. (I also have several TD Daiwas).
I just used my new RevoSTX-HS today, and I like it very well so far, but I'm not so sure it's $100 better than the JM, yet anyway......
The refinement of the reels, let alone parts availability and overall performance will not be on par, esp after several years of use. BTW, a used Shimano/Daiwa can be had at the same price and IMO will still offer a better reel.
Also, don't hold Pflueger to the flame too much for not knowing what their reels are made of or for having an email addy that doesn't work..that can be credited to them not having designed, engineered or manufactured their own reels for a LONG time.
In my opinion, these are the most underrated reel out there. When they went to the external brake and upped the bearings, the Curado was no match for it for distance. And as for durability, I still fish with every one of them. One of the oldest is starting to squeal a little, so I will either have to oil it or throw it away. I love my Shimano's. But I have used them less, because, well, they are expensive. I didn't want to wear them out, but I still fished them all the time. THEY are the reels that had to have the bearings replaced, not the Extreme's. Maybe I am the only one to have such luck, but I doubt it. The Extreme is the hardest working little reel in the fishing business.
What does this have to do with the JM? I don't know if the JM is made at the same place or what. I can tell you, the lower priced ( they have gone up about $20) reels are tanks. I'm no reel snob, but I do like and buy much more expensive reels. But when I hit the water for money, or fun, the Extremes are what's on most of my rods. I respectfully disagree that a BPS reel is not as good or will not last as long as a Shimano, or other reel for that matter. I have proof out in my garage.
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As far as servicing and parts I can't say for sure. The J.M. model I have is the JMX10HLB:
It is made by Browning and is almost identical to the Browning Midas MIG 10H:
I am hoping that if I ever need the J.M. serviced I could just go to someone who services Brownings.
Good to see that the JM line is getting better. May last experience personally were a couple of their spinning reels from around the 1999 period, and they outright stunk. Also, I looked at some Pinnacles the other day just for a "guest" reel and thought that they looked good, but weighed a lot overall. I just hope that the quality and performance is MUCH better than it was just a few years ago (about 5 years), as I was not impressed with their offerings then.
Do you have the 2007 model? The one I have doesn't have play in it either. I was told by BPS people that they have changed a lot on the reel. I actually like the reel a lot. I was told that there were a lot of returns of the 2006 model one. One thing I am not sure about it is how good is Korean made reels. Now, most Shimano, Diawa, Abu reels are made in Korea. How can we tell if one Koren made reel is better than the other.