Was looking at Daiwa, Penn, which the newer reels are largely unknowns to me. Went to look at Tica on Amazon, and they had marked my Libra SX3000 down to $50, which they seem to do two or 3 times/year, maybe to generate interest - I snagged one. It was kind of a no-brainer for me, I like the reel, already have one, plus a lined spare spool.
The only difference between the SX3000 and SX3500 is the spool depth, of course they swap, and TicaUSA customer service is fairly easy to contact and buy a spare spool. That said, the shallow spool gets me pushing 200 yds of straight 12-lb Seaguar fluoro, and can improve on that with braid. I think the shallow spool also lays a flatter line for longer casts.
My birthday present to me included a 7'2" St. Croix Legend MM glass spinning rod
and I'm fairly certain Tica is making most of the reels already being discussed on this thread.