I have only used Echo fly rods and Lamiglas gear rods my entire life. I used to be able to stop in at the Woodland plant and they would fix or replace anything I needed on they're rods. Unless Tim Rajeff is out of town you can stop by Rejeff Sports and shoot the sh-- with him and am sure if anything needs repaired on his rods it would be done as well. As most of you forum dwellers know I run a fishing group at Juvy in Vancouver Wa. and both Lamiglas and Rajeff have donated several things for the kids but Loomis also did, but it was before the take over by Shimano. If I had to choose my rod of choice it would be hands down Echo. They are well built, tough, nice looking and feel right and if you have any questions on any of the Echo products, Tim is always on the other end of the line with plenty of answers, the same goes with Lamiglas, Ryan Taylor is they're go to guy. Plus you can buy 2 or 3 rods to one Loomis rod and to me that adds up to many gallons of gas for those trips to the Big D or any where for that matter. That's my take on it.