Depends what you want to do... the Manley Pultecs don't sound as big as real pultecs in my opinion, they're cleaner... if you're gonna spend the Manley $$$$
, buy a Massive Passive and you won't regret it.
I also owned the system 9098 eqs and sold them... a little aggresive sounding for my taste, but very powerful. Overpriced also, I think, as just an eq, but the mic pres are really good.
If you want a clean, clear sounding eq and you don't want to spring for an IBIS, I think the Speck ASC-T does a remarkable job for the money.
For a more colored sound - you can't beat API. Chandler makes some pretty sick products too... maybe find a pair of Siemens or Sphere modules or some other such rare gems...
Personally, I like the software you mentioned for clean and surgical eq, I use hardware more for color.