Re: side by side reels.....
I'll post some picks of mine later today. I'm a sucker for a Medalist or Orvis Madison. I think I have 8 Madisons and 10-12 Medalist, sure sighen of excessive compulsive disorder.
Honest critiques: the Medalist has a better set-up the drag lever seem "hi-tech" on the Madison but the rubber plunger does not have the range of pressure as the Medalist. The Medalist's drag can be fine tuned well
The Madison's spool finish scratches and comes off much easier that the Medalist. Haven't found anything to do a touch up that looks normal.
But I can't pass one up, no way. You might go to Bob Selb's site Classic Fly Fisherman as he has a nice selection of after market parts for these reels. It adds up $$ but when you change reel foot and drag these reels IMHO are better that just about any under $200 reel.
I am addicted to their "clackety clack".