There are some general perceptions about the character of different brands and models of large format lenses. For example, I've heard that Rodenstock and Nikon lenses tend to be warmer, while Schneider and Fuji lenses may be a little cooler. Sironar-S lenses are very sharp and contrasty, while Schneider Symmar-S lenses have excellent luminosity. Etc.
In this regard, what can one say about the character of different brands and models of enlarging lenses? I'm curious, because I've always used Schneider lenses. But with the falling prices of enlarging lenses, I'm wondering if I should be considering other brands and models? How much depends on how recently the models have been introduced?
In particular, but by no means limited to, what can one say about lenses like the HM (high modulation), Apo's, and similar higher quality, eight plus element lenses? Are there significant trade-offs between quality and price when considering 6 and higher element lenses?
Note that Apo El Nikkors are out of my price range.