These ceramic hybrids really do make a difference.
Teddy was very professional, he took my order without any editorializing, which I appreciated a great deal.
The bearings themselves exceeded my expectations. After I serviced my oldest Shimano Curado 200DHSV, (#FTP103C-YZZ #5 LD & SMR95C-YZZ #5 NB2) I was like a kid spinning the spool watching the spin-down time exceed what I considered possible. Comparing it to the much newer 200DHSV, the factory bearings on that unit seemed to have brakes on (they weren’t) by comparison. I even thought that the second one might not improve as much as the first, but once I finished the bearing swap on that one, it too became a source of entertainment. These ceramic hybrids really do make a difference.
I’ve done quite a bit of reel repair for a fair number of smaller circuit semi-pro fisherman, once they see my reels I’m pretty well confident they’ll be wanting upgrades too.