I heard that they are discontinuing the current Shimano Curado for a suposeably new and improved model. I don't know why they can't leave a good thing alone. The bad news is the price is going up. So if you are a fan of the Curado you better get them befroe they are all gone.I copied the following from a web site. The most exciting thing about the new Curado is HEG (High Efficiency Gearing), a system that uses much larger gears to provide more leverage and fish moving power. Here's where it gets really interesting for power fisherman. The implementation of HEG enabled Shimano to offer one model, the CU201DHSV (Spring 06') with a blistering fast 7.0:1 gear ratio that pulls in 30-inches of line per crank, and still have the power to pull a fish out of heavy cover. The new Curado D's now offer premium level performance, and will bear a new price of $199.99 per copy.