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Ron Mc
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I posted before in parts, looking for someone that had a spare spool for a JVH No. 2 single action fly reel.
This reel had a tooth busted out of the drag gear.

No luck.

After a bit of head scratching, came up with the idea to try arc-brazing a buildup on the tooth. Turned out the problem was I couldn't trust that any of the machines I could find would have a low-enough amperage to do this safely. I ended up taking it to a jeweler that is noted for custom work (and I've used before), assuming he would use a micro-torch. Turns out they had a laser for this. So I had it laser brazed using a good silver braze metal. The beauty of this repair method is that the heat is highly localized, preventing thermal damage to the rest of the piece.

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Nice trick, Ron! have to find a friend like that! Although not the high-end rescue you have there, there are several instances where it would be great to have that capability fix things, even if it was just to rescue a screw!
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oh I was invoiced $50 for the repair (and I provided the braze wire), but the guy I was fixing the reel for was delighted to pay it to have the reel fishable.

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