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VS300, early solid rotor reels with names engraved

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I am hoping that some of you might help me to find pictures of some of the early VS300 reels with a solid rotor cup from more than 25 years ago. I build them for a very special group of Surf Fishermen, that purchased around 35 VS300 reels, specially engraved by me personally with their names. Steve Campo at that time came to my shop in Fairfield to pickup all the reels I had engraved for guys like Guppy, Ben Russo, Stephen Weitzen and many more. I can never forget those early days building the Van Staal Reels and growing the brand. That group of guys plus many others were very instrumental in the evolution of the Van Staal reels and they deserve much credit for that. I would be very interested to see how many we can find. Any help will be much appreciated!

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Haven’t heard from you since you were on the forum promoting the Subaqua. A very early 300 with bolt on side cover just sold here real cheap (at least I think). I know where there is an old 300 body with your name engraved ;) 

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Rob, I also have a “newer” solid rotor cup VS300 that is gold serial #718. Could you give the back story on this reel, if any? 

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22 mins ago, VanStaalSteve said:

I have this VS300 serial# 283. It’s like new.

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Beautiful Steve.

 

Hey Rob could you make a run of those T handles ? I could use half a dozen.They are about as rare as hens teeth these days. 

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5 mins ago, GoneCoastal said:

Beautiful Steve.

 

Hey Rob could you make a run of those T handles ? I could use half a dozen.They are about as rare as hens teeth these days. 

Thanks. I love these handles too. I have several that I use on other VSs. 

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On 10/5/2019 at 3:22 PM, VanStaalSteve said:

I have this VS300 serial# 283. It’s like new.

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No counter weight? Does the reel wobble when reeled?

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