I rebuilt a 4R trans with a hammer that was cross bleeding the manual valve with my manual valve body because the detents were so off, even after I fixed it (by elongating the B&M shifter's lever) it was so sloppy you had to :hammer" it into 3rd, or it would not ratchet, and you had to go at it a second time. I didn't have much of a choice but request he invest in a new shifter before things happen again.
The ones I broke were all in mustangs, one was new, the other two were used deals (most likely from original owners who had enough of it's shiiit). Two of the owners went with a TCI units and said they like it.
On clickclickracing.com there is a guy complaining about a sloppy shift cable, and has a video, before he even said what shifter it was, I asked him if it was a B&M Hammer, I was right.
I posted on a local forum as well about ratchet shifters asking if there was such a thing as a good one, that I was not impressed with B&M, and that I wished to stay far away from B&M products. HURST came up, compliments on those, however more research finds that B&M owns Hurst....yeah
....so that was disappointing as well. I don't want that low quality crap near the guy who makes the shifter I buy/recommend.
now for the kicker, the TCI shifter the guys liked, still yet to touch one in person, but hmm....imges look a HELL of a lot like the B&M shifter in sheeps clothing. Add that TCI rebrands things with their logo as a fact, and you get a sneaky feeling of caution....for me anyway. If someone showed me that TCI manufactured shifters in house, or owned a corp that did, or just had someone building shifter for them that was not associated with B&M - - -I would feel 100% better about the suggestion! (maybe I should call and ask?)
So bottom line, in this "WORLD MARKET" place with increased competition and low cost alternatives to "real value performance" products (aka Chinese knockoffs, and full on Chinese manufacturing) you have to be a careful shopper. Spend your money wisely with someone who will support their products - - mostly because they make them, not just sell them.
Oh and yes, some B&M stuff has value...the cast Alumn pan does fit nicer that unbranded Chinese imitations.