It's been a while for me making "plastic" rods but I remember a site that compared a lot of blanks from the high end makers to the not so well marketed blank makers. I thought it might have been "Common Cents" but I can't find the comparison data chart that I remember. The neat thing was you could look at a number of "traits" a rod had and compare them to other rods. Many times you could find a very similar blank to a high end blank for pennies on the dollar. can someone point me to the site again? It's the $hit$ getting old and not remembering things.