I want to set the record straight about something in your post, no offense intended.
I will not speak for Alpâ€™s processes but I can say that only American Tackle offers â€œRing Lockâ€ guides or employs the â€œRing Lock Systemâ€. The guides feature a number of characteristics that work together to hold rings in guide frames better which constitutes our â€œRing Lockâ€ technology. We realize that no single feature will eliminate ring loss so we combine frame-design, added bracing, pressure-fit, glue reservoir, stronger ceramics & ring encapsulation to eliminate possible failure. We spent a lot of time and money focusing on avoiding previous and future problems related to any ring loss. With no reference to Alps, several Asian designed guides like the idea of having a deep-press frame style but American Tackleâ€™s goal in offering â€œRing Lockâ€ guides was to never encounter this problem again. I just want to separate our â€œRing Lockâ€ mention in your post from other guide designs, I am sure Alps would appreciate this as well.
American Tackle Company