I read on another post that you wanted a rod that threw 5 to 6 the best. If that is in fact what you want the 1502 will serve you better full lenght. It will throw 8 a little better if you trim the tip but it will not throw 5 or 6 as well. Also the hotter you make a 7500 the harder it is to throw with lighter weight (more prone to blow up) the lighter the weight the faster it slows down, and the spool keeps spinning the same.. It won't hurt to swap bearings but throwing 6 or 8 oz it won't make much differance. You are about to get caught in the vacume of trying to buy one rod and reel that can do it all. What you are looking at is about as close as you can get In my opinion. There are a lot of really good rods and reels on the market. I am sure you will pick a good one.