Ragman . . . Regarding point C : In your mind said:Well, I have never owned or even held an Avet, so I'll leave that for others to discuss. I replaced my Trini40 with a Tib SST12/50. It's a 2-spd (handles the tuna);and, I like the autoshift (I doubted I'd like this; but, w/o it you always lose a beat upshifting in a fight) size, drag, and castability. This, despite its weight (32 oz bare; the 8/50 is 31 oz bare), price point, and the fact that I've had some problem keeping the set point for the downshift from drifting light during a battle. Tiburon has been very attentive to this and I understand others have not had this problem. Dunno.
Edit--I should add the TibSST 12/50 is now my "go-to" rig for GOM tuna fishing and general offshore duty. On a Seeker CJBF 70 & loaded w/65# spectra (which is effectively hollow, but sold as solid) and a short topshot of 50 or 60# mono, it throws Yummees/Frenzies and YoZuri Surface Bull GT's/TunaHunters just fine and handles the tuna well. I'm experimenting w/shorter, even heavier topshots, which may work well.