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Old 05-01-2018, 10:53 PM
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Default Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod

I am considering selling my Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod, but I don’t know how to price it.

Quite a collector’s item; one of the last rods hand built by the late Sam Drukman. All the details of Freestone rods and Sam Drukman here:
FREESTONE GRAPHITE FLY RODS
Plus some photos of the 9’0” #5 model
https://www.bearsden.com/product4143.html

Following Freestone launching theses rods, Hardy, Scott (and I think Sage) started to offer custom, handbuilt graphite rods: essentially graphite blanks built into rods using the same care and attention to build quality as top-end cane rods, and all priced at a similar price.

You will see that the list price of these rods is/was US$1250, over £900 plus import duty and VAT... hence there probably aren’t so many in Europe or the UK. I imported this rod. Mark Legett, Alternative Tackle, used this rod as his demonstrator at the British Fly Fair 23-Jun-2012. Paul Proctor cast with it and loved it.

This is my own rod, used and in excellent condition; it could pass for new. It is an absolute delight to use. I have used it only for dry fly fishing, and only in the summer on the Haddon Estate Derbyshire Wye and once as a guest on the Wilton Club R Wylye. I am considering selling because I have been unable to work for the past couple of years due to a health condition: it is wasted sitting in my cupboard.

I would appreciate any advice about how to set a price for this rod.

Andrew

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Default Re: Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod

Difficult one, I’d try a few American forums, like our sister forum, see if they have the same passion that you obviously have.
Failing that E Bay is a great leveller for finding an audience and a true value.
Put a reserve on it of course, and see what happens.
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:22 PM
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Default Re: Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod

As Steven said, and these guys, The Classic Fly Rod Forum ? Index

may stretch a little (they are all about 'boo) and allow it to be posted for appraisal given the particular nature of the rod and the builders. Would not hurt to ask..
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Default Re: Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod

Thanks. The issue with sending it out of Europe is import tax/duty, plus the costs of insured shipping.

I have checked on eBay for any similar rods having been sold to give me a feel of market value, but there were none. I think sticking it on there with a reserve may be the way to go.

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Old 06-01-2018, 10:02 AM
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Value of U.K. £ and economic climate here may make the U.S. a viable option. Worth checking as it was made in the US so duty may not apply, would just be returning home....
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Default Re: Freestone graphite 8’6” #5 fly rod

If you sell on eBay now Andrew, and it’s a foreign buyer, you simply send it to their collection point in Lichfield.
They take it from there, no extra costs to you or the buyer, and totally their responsibility. Once it arrives in Lichfield, you will get an email, after that it’s in their hands, you will get another email when it’s reached it’s destination.
All fully covered by the eBay shipping programme, I’ve now used it several times, and it’s extremely good.
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I have checked on eBay for any similar rods having been sold to give me a feel of market value, but there were none. I think sticking it on there with a reserve may be the way to go.

Andrew
Hi, Andrew. Sorry to hear of your predicament.
I found these two Freestone rods offered and sold on eBay.

That the 965-4 model at $750 got no bids last month in the USA is, perhaps, discouraging. I wonder if you have a 'classic-in-waiting' and that it has yet to establish its place in the collectors' market? Also, as lepirate says, now is just not a good time to sell given the economic climate. If possible, it might be worth hanging on to for a while yet.
Good luck whatever you choose to do with it - it does sound like something a bit special.
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Hi, Andrew. Sorry to hear of your predicament.
I found these two Freestone rods offered and sold on eBay.

That the 965-4 model at $750 got no bids last month in the USA is, perhaps, discouraging. I wonder if you have a 'classic-in-waiting' and that it has yet to establish its place in the collectors' market? Also, as lepirate says, now is just not a good time to sell given the economic climate. If possible, it might be worth hanging on to for a while yet.
Good luck whatever you choose to do with it - it does sound like something a bit special.
Thank you Lewis. I was looking at eBay in Europe only for the reason mentioned earlier.

As @Mrtrout has pointed out how simple it is to sell tackle back to the USA I will broaden my horizon

All the best, Andrew
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