I do not know what you are talking about. Check the Dan Blanton's bulletin board for feedback about Old Florida reels. Check also the flyfisherman web site forum (flyshop.com) and the Florida sportsman's web site. There are only good comments about Old Florida reels.
I know for sure two friends of mine who like me dropped their tibors to go to Old Florida.
Lots of guides in Florida use them and even invested in the company because they are good reels... They receive a good test on the big three there.
But there are always one of two people who do not like them. That is good as it maintains a good reel divertsity on the market.