I've got maybe 30 reels. Some of them are middle of the road or budget reels. For example I have 6 crappie rigs Ozark, B&M, and Fenwick rods. On something like that there is no point in using top of the line gear so I have them all outfitted with Pflueger President 20 size reels. Those are $60 reels that work extremely well for what I need them for.
I have a bunch of other middle of the road stuff for various uses. Some trolling gear for Walleye and white bass fishing, a few little panfish rigs for Bluegill, a couple of big Fenwick heavy rods with ABU 5599 c3 for Cat fishing and the like. Trolling rods with big spinning reels etc. Most of those setups are $100 rods like ABU Veritas and $50-150 reels like Pfueger's Supreme XT, Daiwa Laguna, and Abu G3 SX.
Now, to the stuff I really care about, I use ABU Volatile Inshore (serious backbone), G1 Villain and St. Croix Tournament rods, $150 to $280. This is the group that I based my budget vote on. I like many others tend to buy older reels. I have 4 OG Steez, 4 Px68R, 4 TD-Z, An SS SV, A Tatula CT-R, and a Tatula SV TWS.
I voted the $300 range because I buy these reels used (except the Tats and SS) for maybe $150-250 and then spend money on cleaning them up, upgrading drags, replacing worn bearings or adding more etc. So in the end they end up costing maybe $300. But I never buy beat up gear and when I am done, for $300 I have a top notch reel for a decent price. My most recent project is a SS SV (5.3:1) I just bought for $172, I just ordered a set of 4 knob bearings and a 100mm handle and am trying figure out the drag upgrade. Hopefully I end up with something new and custom that is similar to the OG Steez.
The problem I'm seeing is that the parts for these older classic reels are becoming scarce and I cannot seem to find anything new that compares well with the old Steez, and most particularly the PX68 and TD-Z reels.