I liked each one of my consoles for different reasons. Mainly for what they taught me about getting sounds and what I personally like while trying to capture these sounds.
Also the combination of recorder and console influenced the sound just as much. Loved the sound of my Ampex MM1200 16 track with the 80B but not as much with the Pacifica.
The Trident 24, Soundcraft 200B and 600 as well as the Ramsa WRT820B I used to own had a very transistorized sound, yet combined with an average Tascam machine didn't sound half bad (or half good).
The Flickinger, Neve and the Langevin stand out to me. These were all bold sonic signature consoles I owned. Each bringing something different to the party. The Neve and Flick really worked well with my MCI/Sony 1" 8 track analog machine, good combo.
i bought the Flickinger when no one could tell me anything about it... because of how it sounded. On drums, it smoked the Neve 1073's. Yet no one would use it as it didn't have a name. Told me how much most engineers did not trust their own ears! Bragging rights were more important. That taught me a lot as well. It's why I only trust my ears.
The Electrodyne had a nice warm sound to her, almost tube like quality in some ways. She loved digital. As an interesting side note, Brian McIntyer of Soma Studios in Chicago sold his Trident A Range and replaced it with my Electrodyne ACC1204. He is very happy with the sound.
In the end the only console I have is now the old Langevin... and am very happy for it. For me, being the simpleton that I am, it just works for me. My ears tell me, I like this sound... that is enough for me.
Like anything in life, these tools are there to help (or hinder) us in expressing art. We are trying to connect to the soul. Anything that makes that easier is the best tool for the job. So indeed I have had lots of favorite consoles, for various reasons and at different stages in my growth. I always say, the learning is the fun part of this job.
You will forever learn just by choosing to be an audio engineer... nothing wrong with that IMHO.