I don't know about the Ari T hart stuff but I have seven Gunnison reels, all pre-1997. They are everything they are cracked up to be. I bought my first G-2 in 1991 when it won the Kudo award for best equipment. Then I bought a G-3, etc. I watch e-Bay a lot and if I can get a deal on a pre-1994 (matt finish and no white letters) I sometimes bid on them but the secret has been out for a long time. Ross will take them back and recondition them for a small price and then you have one of the finest ever made. I'd stack it against most newer reels but most guys like the large arbor reels. I continue to fish them today, along with others too. I use a G-5, pre 97 on my Z-axis switch rod. It matches up really nicely and is salt water safe though I rinse and clean it everytime I use it. They are really nice and smooth. They changed the drag after 97 and drilled a lot more holes in the frame. I'm not real fond of the newer models. I guess being old allows some preferfence and privilege.