Interesting thread. Looks like we might all even agree on something here. I much prefer the Airbus A330 / 340 as well, partly because of the seating. I remember noticing that LH have a 2-3-2 configuration in business class on the 747 and I would hate to be the last person to book onto one of those. From the outside the A380 emphasises the bus, but inside and in the air its a big step ahead of anything older.
Shorthaul I would go for the new Embraer jets every time.
At the other end of the spectrum, I can’t imagine anyone waxing lyrical about an old 146.