TFO, Echo, Albright
Don't let the publicity or lack of it influence your decision!! Publicity has nothing whatsoever to do with how the rods cast. Just because Lefty is paid to market TFO rods or some other big name is paid to advertise some other brand means nothing.
The new Echo 2 rods are simply outstanding. The few Albrights and TFO's I've cast have been very good too. Cast them yourself, don't rely on the ads! This is definitely not rocket science - there are many new, terrific low priced rods and virtually all come from the same few plants in China and Korea. You can't distinguish them from each other by the ads!!