I have Shimano AX's, TX's, Syncopate's, and Symetre's two 500's and about 10 in 1000's. One older Pflueger, one Garcia Black Max, and one Quantum Optix in a 10 series. The drag system on the Syncopate's and Symetre's are by far the best of any of them with the Pflueger running a close second. The Quantum and the two lesser end Shimano's are tolerable. The Garcia Black Max is definitely on the bottom. I realize that for crappie fishing the drag system does not have to be near the quality as it does for other species but I just do not like a drag that is not somewhat smooth. Day in and day out the Shimano's and Pflueger are hard to beat.
Columbus took a chance and he made it.