An interesting story: A few years ago I was comparing "new" rods with a friend. Mine was a 7'6" that I had built and his was a vintage 2 piece Winston glass 7'6" - a fairly valuable rod. We noticed that his was 3" shorter than mine. Both sections were the same length and there were no signs of alterations. His rod and tube were labeled 7'6" but we discovered that someone had stuffed a couple inches of paper into the bottom of the tube so the rod came up to the top of the tube. I believe he got an adjustment on the price from the seller but nobody knew how it happened. If we hadn't compared the rods side by side he might never have known. FWIW.
This is fascinating. Thanks. 3" is way too much.
It sounds like you have a special rod. Pictures would be great.
Here they are:
All three parts are even and measure exactly 2'6 1/2''. This gives 7'7 1/2'' for an unassembled rod. 4'' are lost when the rod is assembled (one piece 2 1/4'', another 1 3/4'' - I marked how far they reach in the picture). Ultimately the rod is 7'3 1/2'' not 7'6''. I have measured it assembled and it actually is a half of inch longer then I stated previously.
The interesting part is that it is lighter, has a sweeter, softer action and is simply a better rod IMHO than the actual 7'6'' T&T Heirloom I had a chance to cast.
I still am curious, were tiptop's friend and me the only ones to purchase a rod that was shorter than its declared length? Does any of you guys own a 7'6'' 4wt T&T Heirloom that is actually shorter?