I lives in japan. When I was young, several telescope company was running in Japan. Nikon, Goto optic, Mitaka, ASKO,Pentax.....
so many. Each of them was more expensive than Takahashi. Nikon, Goto and Pentax was far more expensive than Takahashi.
Zeiss is much much more... For me and those of amateurs in Japan, Takahashi looked low price telescope company.and still is.
If Zeiss or Nikon will come back, the'll be beyond our budget. it's certain.
Recently, so many low price telescope is there from China. Although They all have so many variations on optic, bad to excellent,if getting better in these days. It looks hand selected Chines telescope is not low price, rather almost equal to Takahashi. It's same on Russian telescope. Intes-Micro or STF Mak is far more expensive than Takahashi. A telescope with craftsmanship will always be expensive.
I think comparing SCT and refractor is 'balk'.