You see a couple different styles in the recos. Jason, being a professional sharpener, offers a no bones efficient & fast combo, and the Green brick does create an edge you would most likely never expect off a 2k. It leaves a nice mirror polish, but it still offers plenty of the bite you like. I do appreciate his logic.
The 1k/5k reco Mark & Adam echo is a functional grit progression that works so well it is the basis of the top selling set. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html
The 1k/6k King is a proven combo. Come on, Murray hasn't pushed it forever cuz it doesn't work. They are very "comfortable" stones, and are quite unremarkable... which can be a good thing.
I am like you, in that, I don't let my knives get too dull before sharpening, and because of that I have found 1200 to be a great starting point. I get a little less cutting power & a little more refined edge to progress from. I enjoy the Bester, but I use a Nubatama 1200 Bamboo most often; its a big muddy brick for $75 that refines down really well. The 5K reco from here stands, and the Suehiro Rika 5k is just one badass damn stone. It is one of the most pleasurable stones you will ever use.
The Shapton Pros are hard stones, splash-n-go, and quick cutters. Very different than the King, Bamboo, Rika, but fantastic in their own right. A Shapton Pro set is a winner for sure, as well:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shpro2pcset1.html