Yeah thatís what I was afraid of, a good custom would be pretty high by my standards.
Honestly if it was a question of comfort or sensitivity then the Fuji ECS reel seat has it covered all around. The trouble is they donít use this seat on a lot of rods anymore it seems. Iíve seen the TCS on one I was thinking of getting, the Shimano Convergence cranking rod, so I thought Iíd ask. It looks similar to the ECS but without the cutout it will feel a little bulky in hand. Iím finding the older I get the less ďfunctionalĒ my hands are at holding things without pain. Iím beginning to prefer slim grips on tools and fishing rods, even the tapered shaped cork handle on my old Shimano Compre rod is much preferable to the straight handle of rods like the St. Croix Premier or Triumph. Then thereís always the state of mind on the sensitivity being reduced. I think all the advertisement and hype and internet post reading has built up a heightened perception that that was needed or else Iíd be missing something. Every now and then I can forget all that and let things influence me (or remind me of what Iíve forgot) in a way to cut through the bull and see what is really going on. Last time out I focused on what I was feeling and why and I realized the cutout doesnít seem to even be doing anything, itís the sheer fact that the rod is in my hand at all that allows me to feel bottom contour and any potential bites. Then common sense kicked in and said my spinning rod has nothing at all similar to a cutout and I still feel things with it, so I have decided to let go of the mindset on reel seat cutouts being necessary for a jig/worm rod. Also, for a cranking rod, I guess some would say sensitivity is less important but Iíve always wanted to maintain just as much as possible so I feel when that bait bumps a stump or rock and I want to know the difference in the two. Iím currently using a Cabelaís Tourney Trail rod for cranking and it sometimes feels dull to me with the baits I throw. Was looking to make a change.