this reel has 7 ball and 1 RB........stellas have 14 ball and 1 RB. we'll see but that is quite a difference. the saragosa 18000 has 6BB and 1RB. thats just one thing for comparison. we'll see how it goes.
This will never rival the Stella. Someone will, but I don't think it will be Penn, at least not yet. Daiwa's DOGFIGHT has some crazy specs like 66lb drag etc, but even that I think will not live up. ESPECIALLY NOT TO ITS $1,100 pricetag.
If Shimano would figure out a way to sell the new Stella for even 699, they would sell 10x as many. I suspect that this is like a pair of AirJordan sneakers from the 80's.....7 dollars worth of materials and 10 dollars labor = 150.00 sneaks.
I had been looking forward to these being released for a while now. I heard about them early this year. I am a little concerned for Penn now though because I think once you get into the $700 range, you will not be able to pull people away from the Stella. It had better be an awesome reel for that price....