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Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:05 pm 
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Good evening gentlemen, I purchased a bunch of fishing equipment the other day. In the lot is a reel as described above. I checked the usual auction sites and found similar reels but not this exact one. The “01” designation I see indicates a left hand model. Does anyone know if this is a desirable reel being a lefty? It’s in great condition given it doesn’t appear to be a high end reel.
Thanks in advance for any information anyone may have.
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Randy McConnell


Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:00 pm 
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I think that 401 is actually made in Italy. I have a 300 and 400 both Zangi of Italy.Not too much of a collector base but still a nice series of reels before production of TW reels moved to Japan.


Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:42 pm 
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Sorry about that, yes Italy not France. Senior moment? Thanks for setting that straight!


Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:57 pm 
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Oh yes senior moment. I have them also. What are we talking about?


Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:34 pm 
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They should have named the reel the “406.” As the last major leaguer to having a batting average over .400, Ted hit .406 in 1941.



Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:47 pm 
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The 401 is indeed an Italian made (Zangi) reel imported by Ted Williams Inc. in the 1950s. The ones without the bail are earlier than the ones with the bail. I would say the lefty versions are worth slightly more than the righty, but not tremendously so. If you have the picture box it will double the value.

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