Not sure this is a help, 'cause you don’t say why your 1202 VLZ Pro “used to be trusty”.
I have a 1604 VLZ Pro with their XDR preamps, and it started developing some noisey, intermittent channels and crosstalk. Brought it into a local Mackie-authorized repair shop, and for around $400 USD, they cleaned it up, replaced all the internal ribbon cabling with the newer Mackie gold plated connectorized ribbons, and it’s been functioning very nicely since!
Unless yours got dropped off a truck or something, it may simply need a good cleanup and cable replacement to get it back to “good as (almost) new”? You might want to check out that approach before you go hunting for a replacement. The newer Mackie’s seem OK, although they are now made in China (what isn’t these days?). They’ve redesigned the microphone preamplifiers again (not sure why, as the XDR/VLZ Pro’s are very nice).
The Behringer line doesn’t seem quite as rugged, but lotsa folks like their sound! There’s also PreSonus, Shure, Soundcraft, Yamaha, Alesis; and you’re already looking at Allen & Heath. Not sure what your application is, but RME, Echo Audio, and M-Audio gear might meet your needs, although they are modular and also don’t provide the same levels of flexibility as a multi-channel microphone mixer.
Just some thoughts to ponder. I’m sure others will jump in on this one also.
[B.T.W. DON’T TRUST MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS, as many don’t really reflect the real-world mixer performance, with real-world microphones! However, many folks’ reviews are worth reading, and they’ll help you focus in on what you want for what you need!]
Hope this helps!