Thank you for sharing your experience. I know I am not alone with the 3E. I agree that it is easy to bottom out. I have thought about getting a 3D as well.
Like you, I prefer the darker, full tone. There are times, musically, where a brighter tone is warranted. I also agree with you concerning the players. I am not overly impressed with Maynard. As a trumpet player, I can appreciate his ability. Many times, non-trumpet players will ask, “Is that suppose to sound that way, people don’t think that is good do they?” Many think those super high notes are irritating. Chet Baker seemed more musical and Cat Anderson is not for me.