Hello all, I went through this last winter, and now it's time for me to go through this process again. LOL. Last year when I first joined I was asking about the Penn series reels, especially the 320LD. Based on a lot of your responses I ended up purchasing that particular reel and love it(though the casting leaves a little something to be desired LOL). Now I am really looking to step up (or would that be step down?) to a Shimano Calcutta. I am no different than any other fisherman who goes into a large tackle shop and goes brain dead after seeing all the beautiful gear they have to offer. LOL. The Calcutta's to me are like diamonds to a woman, seems like I should have one. Yet, I would like to be practical in my purchasing, if such a thing is possible when it comes to fishing gear. LOL. I know that Shimano is not spoken of much here in favor of Penn and Abu Garcia, and I know of only one member who owns a Calcutta (Bobpaul). I do know from my mountain biking experiences, and from using small spinning reeels that Shimano is one of the top gear manufacturers in the world, but you got to pay to play. So in that vein, do you get what you pay for with the Calcuttas? I've been looking all over the place for reviews and found one by accident pertaining to the reel I'm looking at which is a 700 (the only one I think that's designed for any serious catting by the way). As an afterthought, I had a guide tell me that he switched a couple of Calcuttas out and went back to Abu, but he was using the smaller versions that aren't designed for heavy catting. What do you folks think? Thanks again, Vic Brown P.S. It would help if you've had some experience fishing with them. LOL.