My buddy bought an Avet LX 6/3 when I was up in Alaska last summer. He wanted a "good" halibut reel. He fished it about 10 times. Each time we went out we dipped our reels in a bucket of cool water and gave them a good rinse. Just a week or so ago he got out his gear and his LX cranked hard. He was going to send it back but was in a hurry as he was going on a trip in a few days so he took it in to a reel repair shop in Anchorage. The guy took it apart and told him he needed new bearings. Well 73.00 later his reel is working. Dave watched the guy fix it and he had a bunch of Avet bearing in stock and told Dave that "he goes through a ton of them". What a disappointment! Yes he could have sent it to Avet but he did not have time nor should he have had to. Bad bearings on a new reel is just not acceptable. Then another friend of mine bought an Avet 30/2 at the sports show in Anchorage and he has issues with getting it to freespool no matter how the drag is set. Not a good run of luck . Do they make bearing that are better than stock bearings?