I feel that this is a problem that you have to identify for yourself not leave it up to a forum to reinforce your ideas or beliefs. Who really cares, if someone has an opinion that an Eagle Claw fishes as well as a Sage Z Axis, leave that up to them to decide for themselves how much they want to pay for their equipment. I own all premium rods and don't for one second think twice if someone feels that my Z-Axis, Zero Gravity, T&T rod is an overpriced rod. I simply don't care! I can't see how someone or a few who made comments about you over paying for your equipment, has made you lose conviction in your purchases. I love cars and even though right now I can't afford a Porsche 911 or BMW 9 series, when I buy one, I won't care if someone tells me that was a snobbish purchase or that I overpayed for what I own. I drive a Civic now and it is high quality cheap vechicle and will get me from point A to point B, but the high end exotics will give me a different gratification.