Calcutta 200b

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Calcutta 200b

Postby Nor Cal Drifter » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:37 pm

How does the Calcutta 200b cast the light stuff - like 1/4 oz? How about compared to a Curado 200e7? Thanks for any info.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Zimbass » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:53 pm

The 200B is a very versatile reel, even though it was never designed specifically for finesse style fishing. Used to use one to chuck 1/4oz spinnerbaits without any problem.

After 20 years of use it is still serviceable, but retired it in favor of the DC version.

200e7 is a different beast. Low profile and silky smooth, and can do most anything. Might not be around for as long as the Calcutta though...............but being Shimano it just might :)
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Nest » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:19 am

@zimbass:
are you sure your calcutta 200B are 20 years old? just wondering how old may CT250A?? :shock:
i bought it 2nd hand 2 years ago with condition like a NIB
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Zimbass » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:50 am

Actually my CT200 was bought in 1992 from BPS, so it is 21 years in June.

The original was replaced by the A in 1996, so would think that your 250A would be around that time (96/97).
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby dragon1 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:54 am

I purchased my first CT 250A and CT 150A in 1995 and 1997 respectively, so that time frame is accurate.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Nest » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:01 am

wow :shock: sorry maybe it's out of topic but I'm still confused
because i thought the A are older than B based on alphabetical series
when i see in reel foot there is number 96
maybe you are right it's produced in that periode
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Bantam1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:38 am

The 250 and 150 were not A models. The only Calcutta A model was the 200A. This replaced the original 200 model. The 100 and 200A models were made for freshwater. We made the 150 and 250 for inshore applications and anodized them gold. Essentially they were the same reels, just a little more resistant to corrosion because they were anodized instead of clear coated.

The 250 was offered from 1996-2005. It was replaced with the 200B model. They have the same line capacity and overall same dimensions.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Zimbass » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:52 am

Sorry Nest. Think I may have added to your confusion. My CT200 was not the A or B series, but the original.

The A came out in 1996, and the B is the current series of the basic original reel with modern up-dates.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby dragon1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:07 am

I noted the "A" to notate a USDM model, sorry for the confusion...I am rather sure that the time frame of the gold cold-forged (I am going off of memory that this is the case with the 250 and 150) and anodized CT250 was around 1995 or 1996, as I purchased it with my first GLoomis IMX MBR 783 from Outdoor Sportsman in Stockton, CA as a combo. About a year later I added the CT150.

Dan, if there is a 200A, wouldn't there also be a 100A?
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Bantam1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:50 am

We never offered a 100 model when the original 200 model was released back in '92. The 100 was introduced in 1997 (150 in '98). Since it was the first 100 model they never gave it the A designation.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby dragon1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:01 pm

Bantam1 wrote:We never offered a 100 model when the original 200 model was released back in '92. The 100 was introduced in 1997 (150 in '98). Since it was the first 100 model they never gave it the A designation.


Right on...this timeframe is likely correct, as I moved here to Colorado in 1997 and purchased the CT150 after I got here via BPS (they had a three month payment plan via CC!), and I had owned my CT250 for a couple of years already at that time.

The receipts should still be in the boxes (?)...the 250 is still in service with my buddy who lives up north from me (with only minor parts replaced since original), and the 150 was sold to a TT member several years ago.

I do believe that these reels used the marketing of "cold forged" along with anodized vs the standard issue CTs, correct?
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Bantam1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:29 pm

The frames were forged and anodized. The silver models were just clear coated.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby dragon1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:54 pm

And I believe the standard models were cast and not forged.
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby Nest » Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:10 am

Zimbass , Dragon1 , Bantam1:
thank for your explanations
now i understand about it,when the 1st time i bought this reel i try to search on google and find very little info about it.
i'm only find the B series so that time i assuming the CT250 is A
once again thanks all :D
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Re: Calcutta 200b

Postby dragon1 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:46 am

There was a "secret contributor" that helped to verify some info as well...

You are welcome.
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