"I used a 9600 for a while but then 19200 came out the US got it before the UK."
19200 was something unofficial, offered by (IIRC) Telebit and USR and I can't remember any BBS offering those speeds around where I lived. The USR HST 16800 was somewhat more usual non-standard since USR used to give discounts on their - rather expensive but the best - modems to Sysops. Still, most people were at the time satisfied with their V32bis and slower models, moi aussi. If you were satisfied to grap the QWK file then even slower modems were fine until late 90s.
Back then Zyxel was also a revered modem manufacturer, but now...