The 100 is pretty small but I like to use it even on a 9 foot arra.
The fact that its production is overseas doesnt really matter to me as the warranty factory and repairs are done in the states.
W.C. Bradley Company repair facilities are in Tulsa Oklahoma and they own Zebco who is now the parent of Van Staal.
6109 E. Apache,
Tulsa, OK 74115
I wouldnt want to give any one advice on an expensive reel - thats a preference thing. IMO you cant go wrong with the high end shimanos either.