When this low-profile reel is mounted on a rod, your first impression is that it’s extremely lightweight, though some of that could be due to the superb balance the rod/reel combination achieves. Fact is, the Ambassadeur, at 10 ounces, is comparable in weight to the other reels reviewed here. Built around a rigid, one-piece die-cast frame, a die-cast side plate and a one-piece machined aluminum spool, the TP 3000C is a slick-looking contender minus the techie new materials and tricky engineering found on some other baitcasters. Like all Ambassadeurs, this is a tough, reliable workhorse.