So my wife and I went to LaConner last weekend to enjoy some daffodils and photograph the awesome birds in the area and we grab lunch in LaConner. Hmmm, while she is checking out the country store I mention I remember a cool little vintage fishing tackle store and how about I meet you there in a while??? We'll by the time she arrives I discover the "beat up" old Granger Aristocrat 9050 3/2 in a nearly pristine original tube that the shop owner is ready to "get rid of cheap"…"how much you want?"…"Was $150, but I'm tired of it, let it go for $100."…"DEAL!" Glad the wife is very understanding. It's a lot of rod at 9' but throws a true 6 with style. Really cool. So far I've straightened the tip on the full length tip piece and polished out the NS reel seat to a gleaming jewel. Next, I'll remove the delaminating varnish, fix a few broken wraps (ordered the original correct silk from Rick's Rods in Denver) and then revarnish. So far, pretty cheap. But the second tip piece is snapped about 2" short and could be scarfed…and that piece otherwise looks mint. It probably broke when nearly new. I'll probably send to Dennis Stone and it will be good as new. Love this stuff. I hope I get to the point someday when I stop buying these projects before I run out of money and space.