Eamon, I really don't know what woods I like haha I am just into quality knives about a year now and am just now finding what I like about certain knives compared to others. I for one don't have the budget for REALLY nice handles or mag strips, nor do I have experience with different types of wood to have a preference. From the posts I have read different kinds of wood have different attributes and specs. ie. density, weight, feel in the hand, ect. This is just what I feel I have gathered through reading previous posts. Also if I am going to spend around $100-150 on a nice handle I want it to be on a knife that I love, and to be honest none of my knives other than my konosuke HH are worthy of custom handles due to the way the knives and I get along!
So as for mag strips, what I would be looking for is a wood of decent quality, I don't know any names for examples, but I would be willing to spend $60-70 on a 22in strip. So i guess the nicest wood that could be sold for that price is my option! I hope this makes sense. As I did with knives I started with a "starter" knife of lesser quality to get a feel for the range of knives. I would like to do the same with handles just I need to find knives I love enough to be willing to spend the extra money on it.