It's often said that "a good workman never blames his tools" but that's because a good workman understands the importance of choosing the right equipment and taking care of it.
Previous post: Absolutely no need to apologize for having a difference of opinion that you defend intelligently.
The above post, however, I can't let slip by ... the implication is that good workmen choose the very best, up to date tools in order to achieve fine craftsmanship. Thus, a Rev flyer should have the latest stuff ... and, anything else labels you as a newbie. (I'm sure you're amazed that you stuffed so much between the lines.) Let's see, that would mean a Bazzer Pro, with the new secret tapered race rods and Pro handles ... probably won't even need lines with that set up.
I'm wondering where the old time furniture crafsmen kept their power tools. The Queen surely still has a piece or two that were made with the simplist of hand tools. And, as to Tiger Woods, the endorsement chase is too valuable for him to play with anything less than the stuff the common man lusts over. Maybe he uses the latest for the mental edge ... kind of the placebo effect.
The point I'm trying to make is that most of us would do well with the tried and true, middle of the road stuff ... and, lot's of practice to improve our skills. The newer, trendier, edgier stuff is fun to dream about and maybe purchase if you're able, but the majority of the fun is still contained in the mundane common implements. And, in the hands of a true craftsman, that mundane stuff can produce excellent
Now, where does this soap box go?