I have upgraded as well 4 new Shimano Metanium DC's 2 are 7:1 and 2 are 6.2:1. Had 4 new Shimano Aldebarans, essentially Core 51's all 7:1 but when I forgot to use the rod buckle and got on pad 1 flew out taking a Kistler LTX2 7'11" flipping stick with it. I also upgraded to Kistler's LTX 2's, Argon's, and Magnesium's. Then came a nice used 99 TR-21 with a 225 Yamaha.
I am enjoying all the new stuff and can't say enough about the new reals they are awesome. It has been a lot of 10 - 17 day shifts but summer does that to my work schedule and fall is here and I am STOKED!!!
If you can get to Casitas on a tue, wed or thu call Rich @ (805) 407-3331 and I will pick you up at the dock. I almost always have the back seat open as my bro got transferred up north.