I have one of the original BB-1 bait casting reels from some 26 years ago. Can't say I was smart enough to select it myself but was guided into it by one of the sales people.
It still performs GREAT. I use it a lot still and and very impressed with the performance...
BTW: Can anyone tell me what the ratio is on this old reel? Is is marked some way that I could tell?
there were a few different model bb-1's available through the years.
if you look up exactly what it is, bb-1,bb-1g,bb-1ng etc you should be able to find it out.
could be from a 4.3 to a 5.4 iirc.
i think mine is a 4.3 but i ha.ven't picked it up in forever, what's funny is that those were advertised as High speed reels back then!!!