Frank, glad you are done shopping and can go fishing!
Galvans are nicely machined in the US. With home spun people in charge, instead of a corporation...
But mostly, the drag just breaks a fishes heart.....
To answer your question about money and weight; here, we often need extra backing to chase a fish in heavy water. So go up one size at least on a reel. Eg. 4-5, 6-7.
Allows you to use a "heavier" reel on a lighter rod, but keeps it balanced.
I use a T-8 on my 6wt switch, for clearance with fat lines. I think it balances well. It might be a little too heavy with a heavier 8wt reel.
For me, function rules over price.
Maybe cut a little off, the back end, of your wt forward line. Gives you a little more room between the OB-4 reel frame and line. But keep all your backing.