I own shimano, ardent, diawa lews and abu
Aredent is the wost of the lot by a ways.
I will NEVER pay for an ardent again. Falls apart, doesnt hold up to wear and tear. Overall cheap design and overprised to boot.
That said my tatula-r suffers from simillar issues. Cheap reel body and grinds like a SOB when you cadt, i even returned the first one i had for another... same issue right out of the box on the 2nd.
Shimano is better, but i still think they have cheapened them up since the E series. They were the best ever made. Look them up on ebay, still selling at or above retail.
Lews is ok... i had a bearing go out about 18 months in, easy fix running great now.
I have NEVER had an issue with a revo... never had them need anything but cleaning. They are getting to be what im moving toward since e series curados are so hard to find...
Ppl will ford chevy you to death. I dont care about brand i care about lifespan and smoothness. My best overall luck has been with old e-series shamono, 2nd best with revo, lews, diawa, then ardent...
Get what you like but on the market right now, i would buy revo
"I'll never mess with bee's or wasp anymore, and I'll never gig another beaver..." Words from a man who learned things the hard way