Re: mid priced 5 wts.
Your interest in a 2pc rod reduces the range of options a bit. I would start out trying the Loomis GL3, St Croix Avid, or the Scott A2. If you want something with a bit more zip, the Sage FLi fits the bill well.
My most confident recommendation for a 9' 5wt that is a great value, works for the most people, and is really hard to grow out of is the ECHO Classic 9' 5wt. Its a 4pc rod, but I really see no downside at all to 4pc rods. One might think that compared to a 2pc rods there's 3 times as many ferrules to possibly separate, but I can't recall the last time I had the joints of a rod separate.