You could consider a Dan Craft 9’ 5wt four piece Signature V blank. I built one of his – a 9’ 4wt – a couple of years ago and have cast it side by side with my sister’s 9’ 4wt XP. If not an identical action, they are hard to tell apart. The Signature V 5wt is about $120. As I remember XP blanks were about $300 when they were readily available.