Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

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Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by just4kix » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:09 pm

Hey All! Maybe I'm late on this one but it appears Daiwa has ceased production of the Alphas 103. Brooklyn Bill has confirmed this as well as Plat's site. The Type F takes its place I guess. That beautiful Irridescent Finish is now a thing of the past. Perhaps it will be a collector's item someday. :cry:

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by Nitroman77 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:38 pm

huh I wonder why? The F from what it seems doesnt have CRRB bearings in it so whats the use for those who want to use it in salt? :? Maybe something new is coming out. :thinking:
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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by just4kix » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:48 pm

From what I hear the Zillion has CRBBs. So, maybe Daiwa feels the Zillion is the suitable replacement for saltwater use? :(

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by Fishingboy » Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:22 am

Huh :shock: . It's a good thing i got one for myself! My hypothesis, the alphas 103 may well be "the" ultimate all round reel that daiwa had unintentionally produced and marketed, in that fishos who got the Alphas 103 uses this reel for all round fishing, from finesse, medium-heavy, fresh/salt water, etc. The alphas has got a very high drag rating to weight ratio, which is light yet offers 4kg drag. All types of lure/bass fishing can be done with the Alphas 103. It weighs the same (at 180 grams) as the first generation magnesium TD-Z. The Zillion may be the replacement for the Alphas but it will never be as light. the Alphas 103 might had affected the sales of their magnesium reels and possibly other salt water reels from daiwa as well. In one way, who would bother getting a saltwater model when the alpha is more than capable? now, with the Alphas type-F, without the CRBB, it's solely meant for freshwater use only and that fishos would need to fork out money for daiwa's "millionaire bayard" type saltwater baitcasters.

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by D.R. » Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:27 am

I have one of the 103's left. I guess I need to hang on to this one.

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by arbogastjunkie » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:33 am

Damn I have an Alphas Ito but was hoping to pick up a 103 soon for small to med crankbaits. I hope i can still find one lefthanded.

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by TOPWATER » Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:49 am

arbogastjunkie wrote:Damn I have an Alphas Ito but was hoping to pick up a 103 soon for small to med crankbaits. I hope i can still find one lefthanded.
Pm. sent...... :D

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by Nitroman77 » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:08 am

Man im glad I picked one up a few weeks ago. :lol: I love that reel with the Bocas in it.
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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by TOPWATER » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:15 am

No doubt, I feel the same way. :D

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by mhood » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:41 am

Guys, I was able to find a NIB 2003 Orange Pixy recently so I imagine they will stay fairly available for a few years to come anyway.
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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by arbogastjunkie » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:52 am

Thats true Mhood.

I dont understand the Zillion as a replacement for the Alphas considering not only the weight diff. but also the diff. in the gear ratio/ipt. It seems that other than the pixy it would be hard to find a daiwa reel that is less than a 6.3:1. Maybe I am missing some reels? The TD-Z custom was availiable in 5.7:1 but i cant find one left handed at all let alone in that ratio. Just thinking out loud and the baitmonkey is bugging me to buy more :evil: !!

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by jwfflipper » Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:46 am

Alphas for sale on ebay under daiwa reels page 3 from seller(reelseller)
auction for either left or righthand reel he say's they are 06' models(new)
at a buy now price of $188.00 :D jeff

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by OhioChamp183 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:22 pm

sorry guys, but it won't be missed over my way. Not as smooth as most Shimanos. I'll take my 1000MG's over them any day! 8-)

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by Shrike » Mon Sep 11, 2006 1:29 pm

PumaJeff wrote:sorry guys, but it won't be missed over my way. Not as smooth as most Shimanos. I'll take my 1000MG's over them any day! 8-)
Thanks for sharing :roll:

I've been meaning to pick one up too but like mhood said there will be plenty to be had for a while.

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Re: Daiwa stops production of Alphas 103!

Post by Itchy » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:40 pm

Would be cool if they used that color for the pixy next year.

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