I got my Scott rod back from repair last week. The top two sections of my 10' ARC 8 weight were replaced. I'm itching to see how it performs, compared to the original sections. Scott allegedly finds a replacement blank when repairing, to match the characteristics of the original rod, and give the same feel and performance.
My foremost concern when sending in the broken rod, was that Scott would no longer have any blanks of the discontinued ARC series remaining, and would not be able to repair the rod. The only salve was that the replacement rod series to the ARC are the T2H series rods. The specific replacement to my current rod would be the T2H 1088/4 switch rod. When Scott contacted me last month, they informed that they would be able to replace the top two sections of the rod, instead of having to resort to a replacement. So much for getting that switch rod.
I heard the horror stories from other broken rod victims, on how excruciatingly long the repair process was at Scott. I heard one account of an angler waiting three months and counting to get his A2 repaired. Other accounts of a three month wait were quite common amongst internet fly fishing message boards. I guess should consider myself lucky that the repair process only took me around two months. Staffing concerns in the repair shop were addressed by management after the recent reorg. Apparently, I must have benefited from the increased labor force.
The quality of the workmanship on the repair matched that of the original craftsmen. Aside from some wear on the blank and the reel seat, it is difficult to distinguish the original sections from the new. Hopefully it will cast just as seamlessly as the original.