Benz are still being made, and better than ever, but their days of mass distribution into North America are long gone. Look at the dealer ads here on audiogon. "Kron" sells the modern Benz line, and they sound excellent. I’ve bought a few Benz from him myself - no affiliation, otherwise.
The new Zebrawood bodies sound better than the Bruyere wood did, and there are have also been other motor improvements along with a micro ridge stylus.
If you want to change brands (after 20years!) without totally getting into a different kind of sound than Benz offers, Koetsus are extremely lovely! However on a VPI you may want to look into the 3D arm with dual pivot for a Koetsu.