1) There is no way you can go wrong with Stradic!
2) I personally would never try to compare it to Abu Garcia products, my alternative would be Daiwa. I have older Daiwa Sol 2500, and real happy, don't see myself looking for another for at least 5 years
..... but Sol is discontinued now (((
3) I can not point you to any currently made Daiwa product I have first hand experience, sorry.
4) A year ago I was trying to solve almost identical equation only in class UL, "1000". And I ended up with Stradic 1000FAML (boy, it is THE REEL!! I still envy to myself!