scag velocity is my vote.
I dont know what works where but here my Scag does just as good as any other mower out there. Sharp blades make all the difference. BUT they have to be sharpened properly! I have the 61 Turf Tiger with stripe kit (and yes the stripe kit make a great difference). i pick up alot of yards in the same neighborhoods because of the " I want my yard to look like that" neighbor coming over and getting me to quote their yard.