agree 100%. i have tried to like alnicos but when compared side by side with the ceramic version i always like the ceramic better. to my ears they are punchier and more dynamic. the alnicos i have played and owned always sounded harsh by comparison. the weber blue dog and silver bell are 2 of my favorite speakers too. fwiw, the weber chicago, thames and michigan are great too.
AlNiCo's are generally pretty harsh until broken in. They are incredible after they get some hours on them.