I actually did want bronze hardware throughout (the cap & ring are actually bronze coloured) but Snake don't make them anymore, neither do H&H and supplies are low globally. Also there's a lot of "bronze" which just comes out looking copper. There are loads of posts of the trouble people have come across getting bronze hardware, esp on the Fibreglass forum.Lovely looking pole! Great blank tones and subtle wraps You didn’t fancy black/bronze nickel guides and an agate stripping ring?
I have agate on a lot of my new bamboo rods (both spey & trout) but I just wanted a very understated look this time.
I was told recently of a German company which reproduces Sage bronze snakes and hardware, but I didn't see any of that on my searches.