Welcome to our shop, Al,
Sorry about the condition of this place but Frenchy just come back and the boys got a litle out of hand. Don't put the Sammy where it can freeze.
You came to the right place for equipment. Not from me but we got some good men here. Check Ron Arra's post and he makes a recommendation on a 10 1/2 Lami which is decent length if you a NBA basketball player. He knows casting and reps Lami so knows their stock. I have a Fisher blank but I don't know enough about the other rod offers to make a suitable comparison. I can say that Lamiglas is kind of an industry mainstay as the other rods Joyce (J)and me have, easily 6 are very old, yellow, and were assembled by a master who wound only Lamiglas, so your buddy is right.
You should do equipment at the main forum where they have nice carpeting and imported wine. My specialty is conditions and the mind. We are very busy here with the latter.