RE:Priming the pump...
RE: REdingtons... you really can't beat them for the money. Like all reels, time will tell how they hold up but knowing Jim Murphy (pres. Redington) they are not prone to sitting idle about their equipment and warranty programs so in a way you're buying into the company that stands behind the reel as well.
I am going to pick one of those 13/14 models in black (per Jay C) to use as a Spey reel - what a bargain!