Casting, Abu Garcia Ambassaeur from what I understand is a Low end Abu casting reel. Cheap but not that cheap. That was just one opinion I got, they're about $100.
Ambassadeurs are bomb-proof reels and would feel space-age compared to what you are using.
Generally this class of reel is called a "round reel". They used to rule back in the 60's and 70's as far as drift fishing is concerned. They are still very useful for some bank and boat methods.
The knocks on the Ambassadeur are that they are heavy, by today's standards and the line guide does not disengage during free-spool. This feature makes it tougher to cast light baits.
In the late 70's, early 80's, Shimano started the "low profile" revolution and this type of reel now rules the roost. The low-pros have steadily been improved over the years.
I use Shimano Curado "B" models which first appeared in '94. The next morph was the "D" model and now it's the "E" model.
To hit the $100 price point I would recommend either the Shimano Citica or the ABU Garcia Revo S model.
I checked on a rumor and found that it is true, Bimart has both right and left crank Citicas on in-store special for $99.99.....that's $20 off..
They are still marked $119.00, but will scan $99.99 'til the 25th, I'm told.
Make sure you are clear on whether you need right or left crank
HINT: It has nothing to do with being right or left handed, but has everything to do with what seems natural to you.
I am right-handed and have always fished with a left crank....I want to set hook with my right hand and I don't want to constantly "swap hands" with a right crank.
Also, if you want to buy an Ambassadeur, check here with your findings, there are some less desirable Chinese made models around that you may want to avoid.