Originally Posted by sageandonion
The spool release on the Abel Super is a joke. I've no doubt Abel are superb quality reels - and I love the look of them - but that detail alone made me sell mine (Super 3N and 4N) and go for Bauer.
I don't have any experience with Abel reels, so I'm only replying to plug Bauer. I only have the now discontinued MX4 and MXP1, but I love them both and find their drags flawless. You can find discontinued reels with cork drags, but I think they've gone to solely CF now (I could be wrong about that).
I'd also point out that Islander Reels can run right alongside Abel and Tibor for big game draw-bar drag reels. Moreover, the Islander customer service is, predictably, awesome.