I had the airwaves elite and it was a great rod for the price. At the time I had a thing about two piece rods and sold it. I just got back from fishing and meet a guy who was using the salt x 6000. He loves the reel. This company is doing the right stuff with rods & reels at a normal prices. I was told from someone who’s in the business that these VS & ZB reels that the mark up is over 100 percent. It’s about time we as fisherman stop getting hit with high prices. $1000 for reels $450 for rods then add a fisherman’s name on the rod and hit us for $200 more making the rod $600. Again we as fisherman need to stop paying this high prices. Why do we do it? I’m to blame also.