As above, and a big consideration is whether you're looking to grab a new reel and go, or are open to looking at used equipment either on-line or in used arenas, where you might get a value on a good piece of equipment- your $150 might stretch further. I recently got a Squall DCS and have been happy so far, tho it's a few bucks north of 150. I have a slew of Abu's and love all of them, but you have to be a little more careful about maintenance on them, and IMO they maybe aren't as powerful as a Squall, 525Mag, 525GS, Daiwa SLSH20/30, SHV or SHA. It really depends on what your majority application is, as Bob said: distance might be a Mag Elite whereas piling bouncing for sheephead or cobia might be a Squall 20 levelwind. Finding a use 970 or 980 can be done under 150 bucks and they are TANKS, just minimal spare parts around these days. So can a 535, and they really can sling well in the right hands with good line capacity and drag capability.