Chromers et al -
While you're arguments and description (man, the above is classic Chromers!) on the OHS is something I'm saving and keeping in mind, a buddy of mine is suggesting the Echo SR 81010. I watched the Rajeff videos that go with both the OHS an SR. One consistent theme: choices!
I own both rods above. They are very very different. The SR is a short spey and not an overhead rod really unless lined East coast surf style. The OHS is the lighter versatile performer. The SR is a very nice rod. I use mine allot but it is a much heavier stick for heavier work.