I have heard the Woodpecker, which is a ring down the ladder from the Blackbird. Not too far off in price though. I found the Woodpecker to slightly emphasize macro over micro-dynamics. It was quite open and natural sounding, though others may have an edge in PRAT. The DPS/Schroder I heard briefly, comes to mind. But based on the competition, dare I say the Feickert offers a decent value. This is all very tough, because of different rooms and systems. In this case, the room WAS different, but it was a setup I'm quite familiar with. The arm was an Ortofon, 9" D version. Can't remember model, but it was roughly 3K US.