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Shakespeare 1290
Post 28 Mar 2021, 10:45 • #1 
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I have read in this forum that several members consider the Shakespeare Howald Wonderod model 1290 to be their favorite, and among the best from this period. Does that include the P-1290, that was offered a year or two later?

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steve


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Re: Shakespeare 1290
Post 28 Mar 2021, 18:43 • #2 
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The Wiki located here on the front page of this here website will guide you to the P1290.
Should be 3.5 and the P for Presidential - maybe Professional.
Somewhere once here I read the T was Trout and the B for Bass.
So tough to tell without photos. Can you take some photos for us ?

Maybe it is this one ?

I think it's a definite maybe.


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Re: Shakespeare 1290
Post 29 Mar 2021, 09:07 • #3 
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Hi Brian,
Thanks for the response. I know about the wiki and have read it. But that wasn't my question.

I have read here that the 1290, manufactured 1947-1959, is well thought of by several members. Is the P1290, manufactured 1960-1961, as well liked, by those same members as the 1290? As we know manufacturers sometimes make a change when reintroducing a model that reduces the desirability from the original. The "P" model was only offered for two years, which is what prompted my question.

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steve


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Re: Shakespeare 1290
Post 29 Mar 2021, 10:23 • #4 
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I've seen T and B models, but maybe someone knows specifics on P


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Re: Shakespeare 1290
Post 29 Mar 2021, 14:16 • #5 
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I've never seen one, but the ratings of the 7'9" version seem the same as a 1290 and Wiki says its a Presidential trim version. I occasionally fish a 1280T 7'9". It has the spring loaded reel seat which I think is the basis for it being heavier in weight than a 1290 - but with the added weight in the butt it seems to balance well. I've never seen a 7'3" 1290 or p1290 version but I'd like to try one out.


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