I purchased, just a few weeks ago, a very nice Sharpes 12 ft spliced cane rod from the UK. That is were they were made and most were sold so it's only natural that is were you have the best chance of finding one via Ebay Looking at the pricing recently I would expect to pay between $300 and $600 for a good one. Don't be worried if the "Sottie" Logo is missing or the model detail. These were made of water based slide transfers and seem to fall off with age regardless of the amount of use. One of the great things about Sharpes Rods is that they were impregnated with some kind of resin which has given the great longevity. Mine came with two tops and is immaculate. They did make a series of rods using metal ferrules instead of splices. The advantage of the metal ferrules is that the rod is quick to assemble without any hassle. But cane rods and metal ferrules have two problems, the first is that the ferrule leads to "flat" spots on the curve of the rod. The second is that there is inherent weakness were the cane and the ferrules meet, some how found out that the cane can break at this stress point. But many have fished cane rods with metal ferrules for many years without a problem. Spliced rods are a hassle to put together, they were originally intended to put together and leave assembled for a period of time. This used to involve using leather thongs or strips to join the sliced joint together. This days most use some kind of adhesive tape instead of the leather. As a side note I use tape and put a deer skin thong over the tape because I think it looks better. Why splice? Number one because it is very strong, number two is that there is virtually no flat spots on the rod so casting is much smoother, but I doubt that only a expert caster would know the difference.
So go ahead and buy one, you will not be disappointed, I'm certainly not, but I am a Brit and somewhat biased!