Using Quantum Plazma & Quantum Catalyst. Very smooth and because I'm a shore fisherman, I get the distance without having to wade. I can't complain. My brother has a Quantum, also(no complaints). I've used Shimano, because my dad will buy only Shimano. I don't really care for those.
I use a Shimano Symetre,actually have 7 of them in various sizes.The 1000 size is the ones I use the most,Have a 2000 and some 4000's.I think they have 1500's and 2500's nowadays.They are about 80 bucks each and they can take a lot of abuse / or just plain old heavy use.They are very light and cast like a dream.
The reason i like the Stradic 4000 is the speed and the large spool. I can use it to throw unweighted soft plastics for Pike and still get alot of distance! I can also throw a 1/2 oz Rattle Trap a frickin mile, LOL.
Well I did it. I pulled the trigger and spent the bucks on two Stradic 2500's. They will be delivered next wk. Early Christmas present to myself. I hope the reel quality justifies the price. I have never paid more than 50 bucks on a spinning reel but dam it Im worth.