I'm 37 years old and remember my first Daiwa like it was yesterday. I was 12 when I saved up enough money to buy a PT33SH. I've owned almost every major brand at one time or another, but my hearts always been with Daiwa.
Well I voted Shimano but have different preferences depending on the type fishing I have been doing for the last 43 years......I fish Salt & Freshwater in Texas...
-Low Profile for Bass/Bay Fishing Red, Specks and Flounder: Shimano
-Lighter Spinning Reels Bass/Bay Fishing: Shimano
-Heavy Jetty Bay Fishing Black Drum/Bull Reds: ABU Garcia Sweden made round reels only, new china versions are junk
-Freshwater landlocked Striped Bass Fishing: ABU Garcia Sweden made round reels for bait fishing/low profile Shimano for pitching plastics and top water
-Offshore Saltwater: Penn USA made reels only, new china versions are junk and don't last in this environment