Re: Van Staal VS Abel - Which Reel is better?
I just purchased a Van Staal 7/8 from eBay for under $300. A substantial discount from "list." In reviewing various forums, there seems to be mixed comments regarding customer service, etc.
Mine is black and appears to be very nicely made. The claim it is fully machined out of bar stock, and has a removable, sealed drag. I did note that mine had a "made in China" sticker, which was a surprise.
I have not had it out yet, but plan to do some steelhead fishing soon. We'll see how it works in the real world.