I'm not sure, but I don't believe there are too many guys on this forum who use older (I prefer to say "vintage") rods and reels. Vintage rods and reels are all I use (I am also a collector). I have about five or so Hardy clone reels in my collection from various manufacturers. I have found them to be very good reels, they hold up well, and you can't beat their drag system. While lining the spool on one of them, when I started to put the spool on the reel, the little leaf spring that presses against the spool release lever broke in two. I looked in my reel parts box and looked for a small piece of metal that could be shaped like the original spring and then have some springiness to it. I finally settled on a paper clip. I used the small end, bent it just a little more to fit into the lever, and installed the cover. Anyway, it worked. The spool is now solidly in place. I don't want to stress the clip spring too much by constantly removing and replacing the spool, and there is really no need to do that anyway. Just thought I would pass it on.