I think I would like them also in the lower weights, but I can't bend a 12 wt. Too old, I guess. I find that I'm much better in Loreto fishing my Hardy 11 wts. Of course, I haven't had a 50lb dorado on them. To each his own
Don't be sorry, a lot of the older rods are just as good (maybe better) than the newer ones. I think they achieved technological perfection a while ago and now it is just planned obsolescence. Once they started using the Nano resins, it doesn't make much difference except for the rod designers preference..