VS is made in China, getting it serviced is joke, and the price has never gone down on these reels, only up. I have one, its nice until winter time when you send it in. I'll keep my fingers crossed though and see if they get service shops going, people take forever. For annual service and shipping the reel to VS your looking at around $85 from LI, insured, per year (only gona go up as well), not including "additional parts".
For the record Penn Z's will last a lifetime with a service every once in a while (even being dunked all the time), with a few cheap parts. The clicker can also be silenced. Look that one up if it bothers you so much.
This post edited by johnmlodynia 10:43 PM 05/14/2008