Have fished with all the Loomis models. The new $200 E6X rods are very good, but they are not as "great" feeling as the higher-end Loomis rods. Other companies make just as good a rod and better. The E6X rods are made with the same eqpt I believe in the USA just like the higher-end Loomis rods, just a difference in materials. The NRX sticks are stupid expensive but you will know why once you get one in your hands and fish with it.
OK? Guess that's what Jimmy was fishing with? :-)