You're right the rod is outstanding and by far my favorite. I've used one before and thats why I bought this one in the first place. I told myself I wasn't gonna use it and "abuse" it while I am learning.. That may sound crazy but as they say everyone is different. I could use the money more realistically elsewhere and I splurged when I bought it, so I would take $300 for it but no less. I will keep it at that point like you said above DMR183, its an absolutely beautiful rod. I have photos on my phone of the rod if anyone is interested.