What a great article! Maybe I relate to because nearly all my rods are ones I built myself. They are kept in rod socks that I've sewn, in a hodge podge of tubes that I've found. If I break one of mine, no one will send me a new one and I can't even send it off to be repaired by the manufacturer. Now I'll jinx myself here, but so far I have not broken a rod (but I did have to repair one). I'd like to think that it is because I take care of them. Thanks for writing this.

And I don't buy extended warranties either.