Well firstly the Trident is a lot of things but not quiet. (Personally I love EM but wouldn't want to be forced to use their sound on an entire mix)
Have you looked at Audient. They should cost about $30-35k (ish) over there for a basic (no auto/dynamics) 36 channel in-line. They're very clean sounding, so if you want the desk to have a strong sound then it's not for you. Alternatively, if you want to use different outboard to add different sounds to each track whilst adding as little colour as possible from the desk then it's certainly worth a listen/look.
Ergonomically it couldn't be better. It's the easiest console to use/look at that I've ever seen.
I/O and dynamic range is great and easily drives our 24bit DAW (Soundscape R.Ed). Inserts are ground comp out/fully balanced in so it'll connect to anything.
The metering is also great and matches our DAW really well.
EQ - whilst lacking in any positive character, is very usable and we only use outboard eq (CLM/Trident) for vocals or extreme effects.
I know you're not too concerned about pre-amps but....Recently we tested a load of channel strips (Amek/Focusrite etc) and whilst we didn't choose a strip (opted for seperate pre amp/comp/eq instead) it did show up exactly how good the pre-amps in the Audient were.
A final point - when looking at desks, we had a checklist of features that the desk should have with a score rating for each item. The Audient was the onely desk (for our price range) that scored a hit on every point.