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25-09-2013, 19:31 #1
Fly reel info needed
Came across this reel a rapidex j.w. Young&sons old reel in great condition any info on it is it worth anything before I give it away thanks2013 fish list so far. flounder, mackerel ,LSD ,sea bass,plaice
25-09-2013, 23:05 #2
26-09-2013, 14:23 #3
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Yep it's a centre pin reel.
The little screw on the front plate is so you can tune the rotation etc.
VERY nice reel.
26-09-2013, 21:26 #4
A BRIEF HISTORY
James William Young was born in Redditch in 1870 the son of a fishing reel maker. He was a natural innovator whose flare for design is believed to have been instrumental in the early development of the Aerial reel. At the age of 16 he had built the smallest, full working model, penny farthing bicycle in the world. This was a remarkable feat of engineering, especially considering the lack of tools available to him at the time. The bicycle consists of over 400 hand made parts.
He spent the early part of his career in charge of reel production at Allcock's in Redditch and later set up his own business. Two of his sons, Howard and James Robert, joined him after leaving school and together they gradually built up the business producing several different models of reels for themselves and other companies, including the Allcock Aerials.
James William Young died following a tragic accident whilst on holiday in The Isle of Man in 1921. His sons carried on the business and were located at Mayfield Works in Redditch. They were later joined by another son, Edward E. Young in 1940.
The production of fishing reels was halted during the wartime period when the business was put at the disposal of the Ministry of Aircraft. The best known war-time component the produced was the firing button used on the Spitfire aeroplane.
Immediately after the war the Ambidex reel was developed and proved to be an enormous success. Other models produced alongside were the Gildex, Rapidex, Trudex, Windex, Seldex and Landex.
In 1965 J.W Young was purchased by the American company Noris Shakespeare at which time the Young family were represented by Jim Young, the grandson of the original J.W Young. He had joined the company of J.W Young & Sons in 1960 and became a qualified engineer in 1964.
In 2001 J.W Young & Sons (Fishing Reels) Ltd. was aquired by Masterline International Ltd. and today all components are made in the UK, most of them being manufactured by Jim Young in his new workshops on the outskirts of Redditch. Although assembly is now carried out at the Masterline works in Tewkesbury, final inspection is carried out in person by Jim prior to personally signing a certificate that the reel conforms to his high standards.
The RAPIDEX for Coarse Fishing. Designed to meet every requirement and very much favoured by experts. Check-work, bearings, safe grip handle, easy to dismantle for cleaning, and other details, have received special attention.
In addition, the following features are worthy of note:-
1. Exceptionally free running line drum, with bearings of the pivotal centre-pin type.
2. Fitted with a regulator by which the line drum can be controlled.
3. Built in a contracted form with large diameter line drum, providing rapid recovery of line.
4. The complete diameter of the front flange of the line drum is accessible for manual control and the frame is so designed to give a perfect guard to the line at any position the line may leave the reel.
5. The clearance between the back flange of the line drum and the frame is extremely fine, thus avoiding the finest of Nylon lines fouling the mechanism.
1959 Retail Price*: £3 15s
*exclusive of Purchase Tax which is equal to one sixth of the price.
LUBRICATING, CLEANING & CARE OF YOUR RAPIDEX
1. To dismantle, pull aside the Release Lever at the front and lift Line Drum from the frame.
2. Oil the Spindle, Check Wheel and movable parts of the check mechanism, using good quality thin oil.
3. To replace Line Drum, pull aside Release Lever, to allow it to go easily into position. Do not use force.
4. A little oil at the top and base of the handles adds to the sweet working of the reel
5. The centre screw of the Release Cap is for the adjustment of any end-play that may develop through normal wear.
After use remove all traces of moisture and keep your reelin a dry place.
Reel repairs and servicing:
They no longer carry out repairs, restoration and servicing of discontinued Youngs reels. Should you require these facilities they recommend:
The Mill Tackle Company
Unit 7, Poplars Trading Estate
Phone: 01527 853438 Fax: 01527 853438
Website: The Mill Tackle Company: Fishing Reel Repairs, Ser
Garry was assembly manager at Youngs from 1986-2001 and has a wide knowledge of all Youngs reels past and present. The Mill Tackle Company specialises in Allcocks and JW Youngs Centrepins. Best contact him for more info on the reel and a possible price expect.
26-09-2013, 23:06 #5
Just need to try sell it now I am in to sea fishing so can out cash towards a new penn 525 mag 2 lol2013 fish list so far. flounder, mackerel ,LSD ,sea bass,plaice