Have you checked out the new Redington Reels ?? They are a pretty good deal for the money ranging around a $175 for a machined reel. They seem to compare with reels that cost 2 or 3 times as much.... The only drawback I have seen is some sharp corners on the frame of the reel. The drag seems more than adequate for stripers and albies, etc...not sure about anything bigger than that, though.......