Classic S handled reels
Having used Vom Hofe, Zwarg and Walker (the Walker was a loner belonging to a trusting friend) classics I would say that these reels - along with the Hardy Perfect as a normal style reel, are as good as it gets. The only modern reels of this type which I have used - and still use almost to the exclusion of others - are Wurm reels, which are a total knock-off of the Bogdans. The quality of these is variable in the bigger sizes, though the materials used are if anything higher than those of the Bogdan. I also have some Knock-offs made for me in the UK which are excellent. Another which I have is a Guideline "Alta" - again a Bogdan copy but although the workmanship is good, the anodising is too thin and the frame seems a little softer tahn the others.
Back to the real classics - IF you can find a nice 4/0 Vom Hofe or Zwarg or Walker ( it will cost a lot!!) then buy it...there are no nicer reels to use.