Anyone try the Penn non-serviced reel exchange?
I've got a Penn 980 Mag Power - it's a great reel - I bought it in '85, and learned how to cast and fish with a conventional reel with it. I usually send it back to Penn to get serviced every few years - it has always come back with new bearings, cleaned, etc - basically a brand new reel.
Unfortunately, Penn stopped servicing the 970/80/990 series of reels. I was reading the fine print, and they have a program where you can send in a reel that is no longer serviced by them, and have it exchanged for a reel the tech feels is a comparable swap, for a brand new reel of their choice at a 45% discount - which certainly isn't bad! I was wondering if anyone has done it and if they felt it was an equitable swap - I'm guessing they'd swap my 980 for a 525 Mag, or something along those lines.
So has anyone done it, and did you think you got a good deal? You CAN request a reel - but it says they don't have to honor your request - I'm seriously thinking of sending mine in for a swap, or at least to see what they'd offer me - though just doing it to "kick the tires" might be expensive as you'd pay shipping both ways.