ill play devils advocate.
at a local fly shop one of the customers spent around 500 on parts for his custom t&t build will all nickel silver struble parts, hopkins holloway, feather inlays... etc
he broke that rod accidently while fishing by steping on it.
now what, all that time he spent on that rod has gone to ****. i think one of the benefits of buying a factory rod is that when you get their warranty the whole rod is warranted. you do not have to build a new rod. just mail it in and they send you a new one