Have no experience with newer sources, but for your price range Shapton Pro 1K or 2K do a solid job for me. They cut well, dish fairly slowly, flatten easily (I use Norton Flattening stones), and work well splash-and-go. If I had to pick only one, it would be tough, but 1K seems a good choice given your EP backup.
OTOH .... that Nubatama Ume Medium 1K would get my attention now if I was needing to replace my 1K ...
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