Well I still have that Starrett indicator, and because I paid in a painful to my pocket way it gets treated with the respect commensurate with its price. As a counterpoint I have probably broken or damaged more than one of the offshore brands during the same time period partly because I didn't need to be careful because of the price.
The only other thing I think is worth mentioning is about magnetic bases. For many years I have used a Starrett double jointed rod type mag base. It has two knobs that have to be secured to lock the indicator in the desired position. Once again if this is all you know then everything is fine. The solid rod type is better than the ball jointed snake like holder that uses an internal cable to stiffen the ball segments. Great idea, but not quite superb execution.
When you have gotten used to riding a Honda for many years everything is hunky dory. Well when you hear a Ducati in the parking lot you always look. And one day you finally walk over for a closer look. Well now you have to have one.