This is my first DE. I wanted to experience the famed performance of the 34C but I wasn't too thrilled with the "industrial" look of it. So what did I do? Went with the 34G! It's fantastic. The gold plating is impeccable and makes the razor look anything but industrial - well worth the extra few bucks.
Like many others, I was at first skeptical of the short, stocky handle but I've come to love it - it just feels right. You can hold it right at the bottom of the handle so as not to apply any pressure to the head yet still maintain great control.
Because this is my first DE I cannot make any performance comparisons to other DE's. But what I can say is that I will never be going back to cartridge and disposable razors! My face (and wife) love the shaves I get from the 34G.