I was making my routine Saturday visit to The Classical Guitar Store
in Philadelphia a few years ago. A guy walked in, and told me that he had played
someone's Ramirez guitar, and now he had
to have one of his own. He seemed almost desperate! He then told me that if I didn't want to spend the money on a Ramirez, to never play one. I told him I had played a Ramirez, and the thought of buying one was the last thing that entered my mind...
After buying a couple premium Sage rods for myself and my wife, the rods I bought prior to that don't get much use. The Sage rods aren't magical, but they do add something to the experience that my other rods lack. I thought I had found the holy grail of rods several times in the past 10 years, but then I found the Sages. My Sage ZXL 8'6" 4wt gets used for just about anything in freshwater, and does whatever I ask/think. I've gone back to the old rods a couple times just to make sure it wasn't a honeymoon thing, and it's not.
If the wife doesn't like the price, tell her it's $2/day for the next year. You'll cut back on something that you don't really need (snacks, smokes, etc), and if that doesn't work, tell her you'll grow a beard.