Decided! Ordered! Dacor.
On Sunday, we went over to the outskirts of DC and looked at ranges in the kind of place I never walk into - most things were out of our price range. So cool for a kitchen freak to see 30-40 mostly expensive gas ranges sitting side by side.
We were reassured about choosing dacor. Not because of anything the sales people said - but it was side effect of seeing a lot of makes/models together. The style differences recede and the way its made comes forward.
So I'm happy with Dacor - or as happy as possible considering our budget. It seemed well made, nice fit, no sharp edges on anything, liked the grates and the burner heads but wasn't able to test them. No cobalt blue porcelain.
I read the published complaints and there are very few about the all gas units. Thanks to another user, I checked and we do have a qualified field shop in town.
We took advantage of the promotional rebates including 3 years of free bumper to bumper and a $300 discount. (it's 10% because we're bottom feeders).
I am happy to be off the hamster treadmill of trying to make a decision. We're moving on to buyer's remorse ;)