From the department of "you learn something new everyday" comes this little morsel: after DCS was bought out by Fisher & Paykel, the original founders left to start Capital Cooking Equipment. They are manufacturing a line of gas ranges that are much like the DCS in design, construction and parts, but costing hundreds less.
So we started to nibble away at the Capital 30" Gas Range (model PSGR304N), and discovered it was, indeed a pretty nice machine. Compared to the DCS 30" range, it has a slightly smaller oven capacity (by .04 cubic feet!), an extra rack position, and is only missing that big 17,500 BTU center burner that the DCS sports. But for $500 less, it could be worth it.
We've also read glowing reviews of its design: recessed lighting (easier to clean), a spinning door handle (moves as you grip it), and easy-to-clean dials that don't stick out.
Burners: 4 @ 15,000 BTU/hour, can simmer as low as 140°, plus center burner @ 17,500 BTU/hour
Oven Capacity: 4.16 Cubic Feet
Rack Positions: 4
Number of Racks: 3
Price: $2650 + $125 delivery (Krup's Kitchen & Bath, 11 West 18th Street 212.243.5787); $2695 +$65+ delivery (Gringer & Son, 29 First Avenue, 212.475.0600); $2690 + $75+ delivery (Flamtech Appliance, 114 Bowery, 212.274.8820); $2690, free shipping (Homeclick.com)