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  1. Problem solved. Changing rods made no difference. Changing line to filll up the whole spool made significant improvement. and using a heavier oil (actually just added a drop of 15/ 40 synthetic motor oil to the bearings that already contained corrosion x so it's a bit of a "custom mix" ) helped. All works as expected. No appreciable loss of distance. My guess is that it was spinning so well after fresh maintenence that a small line spoolling mistake became problem . It looks like Big Dave was on the mark. The original spooling was out and I didn't notice it...amplified by the fact that it wasn't fully spooled. Thanks all for your input.
  2. Thanks for your thoughts. It would be a pity to not use it to its potential. I'm (only) looking for a consistent and smooth 100yards for my application. My further feeling is that it develops this "runaway" situation when it loses load, unmasks a small inbalance likely on a vintage reel and just by chance causes that particular rod to resonate in a very remarkable fashion. Obvious test next week. Magging it can't hurt to add load. But before I try even that, I'll change lube to something thicker. Thanks again for getting me thinking.
  3. Hello all, My first posting after having lurked on this wonderful site for ages!...and of course it is a request for insight. I have more modern distance casting reels which perform flawlessly and I am not new to the concepts involved, but I decided to recently resurrect a maroon plated squidder with the objective of distance casting. I performed all the usual maintenence, ultrasonically cleaned the bearings which seemed in good shape and lubed them with corrosion-x. The reel tolerances to frame are even. It is an aluminium spool. It turns smoothly and on a vintage 6115 Butterworth rod brought in a beautiful 80 yard cast first off. I had the reel spooled halfway with new 17lb mono, laid level and evenly across the arbor. No leader, 4 ounces of lead to a long double. The left side bearing was screwed down to give a tiny bit of resistance " on a drop", but not so much as to stop overrun altogether once the lead hit the ground. Certainly no sideways play. The cast only required any real thumbing on splashdown. OK. .so far.... In fact, great so far......I loosened the side bearing a little and put some power into the next cast . The result was a smooth cast until about the apex of the flight at which time the reel and lower end of of the rod developed an increasingly and severe standing wave oscillation ...very reminiscent of the Tacoma narrows bridge disaster and quite seriously, when holding onto the rod, just as remarkable. Even though it was a hundred plus yard cast it was a bit of a worry. Two successive equally distant casts resulted in the same thing even though I tweaked the bearing a little. I checked axle tolerances against the bearings and bearing mounts. All seem OK. We don't have much exposure to squidders down here and I was hoping someone has seen this problem and offer assistance. The reel, even though it acheives very nice distance is unusable as it is..It feels like it will will rattle itself to pieces....Any ideas?