Shimano Tranx 300 or 400
I bought a 300 last year. I've only used it for northern and bass and am happy with it for that and maybe light musky fishing(will try it this season). If I were to buy one strictly for musky I'd go with a 400 and even then wouldn't expect it to be the workhorse the 500 is. First thing I noticed with the 300 was made in Malaysia stamped on it. I was expecting Japanese made like the 500. Not sure how much that matters though.