Re: What to get? Legacy 3 or Axe-FX?
So I've mainly been playing the Legacy3 for the past week, no effects, through a 4x12 filled with V30's. It's fantastic. There are lots of interesting tones you can get out of it especially if you have multiple guitar/pickup combinations. There's just something about the way it reacts to attack as well as subtle changes to the various settings. A really wonderful tube amp. My only criticism is it tends to be dark unless the presence is all the way up. I'd like to see a more gradual slope in the tone curve. It almost acts as if it's a linear pot.
I've had an Eleven Rack since some time this summer. I play it through a set of M-Audio BX8 D2's or the 4x12 cab powered by a Matrix 400W digital amp. I found a lot of tones that worked for me from the factory presets/expansion packs and the overall versatility is really amazing. I've been putting it off for some time but I've started to go through and work on custom patches and load a bunch of rigs that other users have generated. The more I use it, the more I'm blown away by the tones I get out of it. I play each patch through one guitar (S5470 with gravity storms) on all the pickup settings, rolling the volume and tone back, etc...finding what works and what doesn't. I spent about four hours tonight working through half a dozen patches. I cannot fathom how the Axe could be that much better (in the environment I play in) especially given the $2,000 price difference. I scored a brand new 11R w/Protools 10 and the expansion pack for $540 shipped and I'm really, really blown away by it.
I guess it boils down to how you're going to use it and whether or not you need all the bells and whistles the Axe has. That extra $2K will go a long, long way towards other gear, monitors, a Legacy3 head, lessons, etc...but if you have the funds....
My next move is to integrate the Legacy and the 11R and I'm pretty sure it'll be a great combination. And yes, the 11R to me, nails the tube amp sound and feel for the most part with some patches better than others. I still enjoy playing through the Legacy however as it's a hair more sensitive to your inputs and the tone is a bit more "round" for lack of a better term. I still have a lot of work dialing in the 11R though.
If all I had was the Legacy3, I'd always have that little itch in the back of my head for something like the 11R, Axe or Kemper. But that's just me.