I am the proud owner of 4 of these reels. Their build quality is excellent. Their compact size and light weight along exceptional drag power and smoothness are key features that I value. I fish Long Island, Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean south of Montauk and Block Island. Fluke, Striped Bass and Bluefish are staple fish in these waters, along with various Tuna species. They are great for jigging reels for 60 lb. Schoolie Tuna. Sturdy and powerful to deal with the blistering Tuna runs that come close to spooling the reel.
In addition, they are American made and backed by outstanding customer service. I have called them on numerous occasions and sent 2 of the reels in for the free 2 year service. Excellent turnaround. The Service folks are expert and patient with any questions I have had, and they are fisherman themselves. Try that with their Japanese competition.