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Mint Chapman 500

Post by OldTackle » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:47 am

Hey chaps,

some time ago I found this and couldn't get it out of my head. How often would you find an unused Chapman 500?
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Finally I had to buy it.
Now the question: Would you leave it as it is or would you replace the butt and tip with lined rings?
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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by St.John » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:49 am

I'd leave it as original spec. Nice rod.
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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by GhyllManor » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:05 am

Hi, I would consider making it De-Luxe spec, on the basis that the extra guide spreads the load more evenly throughout the cane. Super rod though and a joy to use :)

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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by OldTackle » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:12 am

As far as I know the De-Luxe spec has the same number of rings. At least from what you can get as information from the Chapman's page. Or am I wrong?
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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by Reedling » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:21 am

I would leave it exactly as it is, in fact I would be umming and arring as I removed the plastic covering from that cork butt! But, being me, I would have to use it, and you cannot leave the plastic on for that.. What a lovely thing to find and own, I do like Chapman rods.

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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by Ljm183 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:26 am

Ring spacing for the 500 De-Luxe taken from Chapmans website

" Ring spacing:
butt 20″ ——— 9- 3/4″
top 13″ ———- 11″ ——— 9″ ——— 6 1/2″

Rings butt size 18 Aqualite size 7 full open bridge (Chromed)
top Full open bridge size 5 —- 4 —– 4 —– 3 —– no 3 Aqualite tip "

Notice the extra ring on the top section :Thumb:

I normally re ring the standard 500 to 550 spec which gives an extra ring on the butt section as well

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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by OldTackle » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:34 am

You can turn a 500 into a 550 by just adding two rings? Did I get this right? I thought the 550 has a taper like the MKIV's...
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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by Ljm183 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:38 am

OldTackle wrote:You can turn a 500 into a 550 by just adding two rings? Did I get this right? I thought the 550 has a taper like the MKIV's...
No you cant turn a 500 into a 550 as the tapers are different, but you can add extra rings to a 500 to make it 550 ring spec. :Ok:

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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by NiceRoach » Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:45 am

I've two restored Chapman 500 deluxe spec. But I'd leave it the way it was originally made :fishing1:
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Re: Mint Chapman 500

Post by Santiago » Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:49 am

+ 1 I ' d leave it be unless the varnish has gone ropey over the years, and if so I would make it deluxe.
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