I am one of those who actually purchased one of their kits. Call me crazy, call me stupid, what can I say.
I'd be the last to disagree with some of the comments made. Especially that it takes some time, money and some skills (or help from those with skills) to build one of these.
On the positive side, I have been having a blast since I started building it. I also know I couldn't afford to do it other ways.
I'm doing it for fun and only fun. I'm about 80% complete. It's taken longer and I have spent more than I planned, but I'm still enjoying it. I've documented the whole build process so far on my web site.
I know all about the history of the company. I know first hand about the quality of the product which in my opinion some of it is very good and some of it is not so good. But much of it is up to what the individual wants.
I have no regrets. If I build another rod I will be taking a different approach next time. But the learning experience this time around has been priceless.
So, if anyone is interested, please feel free to email me or visit my web site.
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