Grading Your Reel

The 1 to 10 scale reel grading system provided below was established to help both collectors and noncollectors determine the condition of their reels for purposes of ascertaining the value.

Please note that there two categories to take into account when evaluating the condition of old reels. The appearance grade is determined by the reels outward aesthetic condition. The mechanical grade is determined by how many of the reel's functions still operate and how smoothly they still operate. Note that this scale only determines condition. Other factors that determine the reels value such as age, condition, scarcity, and collectability will be taken up later.  


Mint Original Factory Condition Never Used.
Mint Original Factory Condition Never Used.
A10 Looking Mint But No Guarantee That It Was Used.
M10 All Functions Work Perfectly, No Wear.
A9 Hard Rubber Still Polished; Edges Sharp; Machining Marks Crisp; Plating Intact; No Corrosion, Pitting, Chips, Or Scratches.
M9 All Functions Work Well, Though Some Wear Apparent. Spool Fully Adjustable; Strong Click; Strong Brake; Smooth Level Wind.
A8 Occasional Light Scratches, Minor, Normal Plating Wear; Rubber Edges May Not Be Sharp; Minor Foot Imperfections; Clean; Crank Knobs Tight
M8 All Functions Work Well, Though Complete Adjustment May Not Be Possible. Slight Spool Dinging; Some Click Wear; Brake Pressure May Not Be Maximal.
A7 Small Chips; Some Plating Wear; Screw Slots Obviously Used; Light Cleaning Required; If Recently Polished Some Surface Defects.
M7 Normal Use And Wear; Spool Sloppy; Click Weakening; Level Wind Slight Wobble.
A6 Chips; Small Dents; Scratches From Normal Use; Light Corrosion; Foot Filed Heavily Or Bent Severely; Some Screw Heads Buggered.
M6 All Functions Work, But Some May Be Fairly Worn; Some Gear Noise; Click May Slip Or Be Very Weak; Needs New Pawl.
A5 Large Chips And/ Or Scratches; Heavier Corrosion, Light Pitting Slight Bends In Pillar, Crank; Knob Pins Bent Or Loose; May Need Small Replacement Part Such As A Screw, Nut Or Bearing Cap.
M5 Functions Work, But With Some Difficulty; Click Or Brake Not Functional; Level Wind Jams; Broken Gear Tooth Or Worn Gears.
A4 Has Significant Problem; Heavy Corrosion; Buggered Screws; Cracked Rubber Plate; Small Broken Part; Missing Major Part (s), Such As Pillar, Line Guide, Click Button; Foot Badly Damaged.
M4 Functional Problems Requiring Replacement To Make Operable.
A3 More Serious Problems. Broken Foot Or Other Frame Part; Bent Or Badly Dented Plates.
M3 Major Functional Problems, Possibly Due To Missing Or Broken Parts That Are Not Easily Replaced.
A2 May Be Useful For Parts.
M2 Major Problems.
A1 No Aesthetic Value.
M1 No Mechanical Value.

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