Really sorry to seem so out-of-the-loop, but I've never worked on the Amek.
I've worked on 9000J's. They're not bad, although I lost a day's work in Vienna because of the automation. And noone from SSL has explained why. Speaking of which, why in this day and age would a company try to re-invent the computer (they opted for writing the operating system from scratch rather than implementing commodity-based solution that offers real value and much more power and support)? I mean, it's not a very well-honed automation system yet, is it? And it crashes alot, doesn't it? And SSL don't have alot of good explanations, do they?
I'm not sure that Amek is heads and shoulders better, either. They really don't have alot of experience in high-end consoles, do they? Have you spoken to Rupert about how he feels about Amek manufacturing methods? You should.
Overall, I want to say that anyone spending this kind of money on large frame analog desks in the year 2000 should have their heads examined. (I should put it far more kindly, of course, but I'm late for class.) Neither of these consoles really does resetability effectively, and I believe in my heart and my mind that mixing in the next few years is going to DEMAND instant, RELIABLE resettability.
I like digital desks, notably the Oxford and, believe it or not, O2R's (avoiding the converters altogether in the later). Frankly, most who complain about digital desks not having 'feel' or 'sound' that analog desks supposedly do are babies who've grown used to Pablum audio for too long.
Look, digital makes more sense. Your product is going to end up on a CD or worse sooner or later.