I have an original, built by Steve Abel, cork draw-bar drag, Abel Pt. 5...black, in right-hand wind. These earlier reels were right or left only, not convertible accept by returning to the shop. Contemporary draw-bar Abels have the cork drag mounted on a plate with squared teeth around its circumference. These symmetrical gear teeth permit reversal of the locking dogs hence changing from right to left wind. They also, being larger, permit more "play" therefore more "shake" during casting. This original Abel features much finer, less shake-prone, gear teeth.
However, I am more or less completely left-hand wind now and this fine reel lays fallow. It's stellar performance is as-new and, though it has no bends or dings, does have a little reel-rash on the perimeter of its back-plate, the result of its rod, a Sage SP, having been leaned against a few streamside trees. But only a few, this reel has really not had very extensive use.
Here is its data from Abel's current website: Abel Reels - Specifications
5+165 20# . 6+130 20# Capacity
They say its a 5/6 reel, I think of it as best for a high performance 4/5.
I would prefer not to sell this reel. I would, though, happily trade it for a left-hand wind Abel in comparable, very good condition. It would have to be a cork draw-bar Abel, not a spring and pawl model, and, while I favor black, I would consider another color and I am open minded on size as I do fish the salt and appreciate most Abel's are larger than this ultimate trout sized example.
Thank you, S&S