That there is little, if any, noticeable difference in feel or actions shows that the material technology available today, and more importantly the skills of the rod designers, have produced five-piece rods that are very comparable to the equivalent two-, three- or four-piece rods. They're really good, and where they're not extremely close to the equivalent few-piece rods, it's usually for one of two reasons. First, the rod designer intentionally varied the design with a specific purpose in mind. Or, perhaps the designer had a bad day - it can still happen. In essence, the angler is faced with the same process used to choose any rod: cast the rod, fish it if possible, and determine if it meets your needs.