Very Interesting - thanks to all.
The thought of "singing" guides do not thrill me.
I'm buying blanks from Dan Craft and CTS so I am not trying to duplicate a particular feel or action. I just thought it would be a good thing to have the blanks as unencumbered as possible.
On the other end of the spectrum - I was also considering Fuji Ti frames with SiC rings right down the line. But rod makers are telling me I really do nto want to get involved with guides with rings that will eventually pop out.
I have some time to think on it because I do not have all the components yet.
I'm going with REC seats.
Removable fighting butts (turned by me) with REC's fighting butt hardware.
CTS 9wt 4pc Maxim
Dan Craft 8' 9" 3pc 6wt Sig V
DC 9' 3pc 9wt Sig V
DC 9' 4pc 9wt FT
DC 9' 4pc 7wt FT
The guide choice is really playing with my head.