Take apart the Calcutta and you'll find gears, ball bearings and lots and lots of forged, machined and intricately-connected parts. Take apart the Sage and you'll find, well, not a whole lot. Now I realize the Sage is a click-pawl reel and as such doesn't have a drag but I've looked at a lot of drag-equipped reels in the $150 to $300 range and I have to admit I just can't see why they cost so much. And don't get me wrong: this isn't about bass vs. trout equipment or elite vs. Bubba attitudes. The same argument could very easily be made about baitcasters because in terms of pure functionality there isn't a helluva lot of difference between a $69 Ambassadeur C3, a $200 Calcutta or a $450 Conquest. But from a manufacturing, materials and machining standpoint I can at least see where the price increases come from.