Too old to get back into building rods; but know three that I turn too for a new toy.
2handers: Robert Meizer, Gary Anderson (ACR) or Carry Burkheimer. All design every rod they build, want one, get ready for an hour phone call. Place to fish, for what, what time of the year, etc.
A one hander (very rare) gotta go with Sage. Never cast one of their rods that I didn't like. Some more than .. but never a 'dud.'