I am wed to Ortofon Cart's from the era of the Kontrapunkt's through to the later produced Cadenza's, that are also born from Trickle Down Technologies.
The family sound of the Trickle Down Technologies works well for myself, and when listening to the Flagship Models that are containing the cutting edge design and materials that a Trickle Down Model might inherit a small proportion off.
The Flagship Models family sound can be very gathered and offer an increased impression of betterment of the Trickle Down models.
I do seem to be regularly in the Company of Ortofon users as well, there are certain models that are well liked in the UK for the transparency offered.
I do listen to other Cart's from Japanese designs, but am not hearing these in my system on my TT >Tonearm.
I have been very impressed by the Japanese Cart's even though, I will say there is a perception of a slightly more noticeable underpinning of the lower Bass Notes being present and a sense of richness to the overall presentation when listened to.