They would be an even better reel if the ratchet spring wasn't prone to disintegrating.I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the excellent TFG classic. All the good points of the Okumas and none of the negative ie. no annoying ratchet control. It's a lot lighter too at 202 grams, the Sheffield is 280 grams. They were only £60 but sadly no longer made.
There's a new one on Ebay for £130 at the moment.
It would be a great starter reel. I'm sure there must be a few members who'd sell one. Or ask in the classifieds.
The free flow is even better if you could find one.