Like I said above, I personally like the tone of B5 much better. I feel the B5 just nails the feel of being behind the real thing, and I seem to perform with more passion when using it. Very hard to explain, but B-3X just doesn’t have that. Neither does Blue3, or VB3 II. I am a Hammond fanatic (like you didn’t know), so I jumped on this Hammond/Leslie official product, and I really like it. The Leslie, of course, is amazing, and the Hammond sounds great. BUT, when I put it beside the B5, it just doesn’t have “it” factor. I guess the best way to explain the difference between the two is somewhat similar to a beautiful pad played in mono or stereo. Great sound in mono, but comes alive in stereo. Please understand tho, I had about 25 minutes to enjoy B-3X, and haven’t had another chance since. I am writing this during a wait in a studio, and go directly to gig when I’m done. If I get a few minutes at gig, I will use B-3X in a song tonight, just to test it’s “live” abilities.
I understand IK is already getting hit with many improvement requests, and that has everything to do with the other established Hammond clones providing updates for user requests, and understanding what users want.
Even at “sale” price of $199 US, it is quite steep. Like @FredProgGH said, brand has everything to do with it. I suspect updates are forthcoming, but IK has not been historically known for quick changes.
Guido stated an update on VB3 II is coming in the 4th quarter. So, sometime between October and December. Also heard thru grapevine he is VERY aware of IK. Ray of GG Audio personally told me of a coming improvement a few months ago, but I promised not to divulge the info. Like I said above, all this Hammond stuff is going to hit at approx the same time, as it did last year. IK threw me off…I was made to believe a Leslie update was coming, not a Hammond product.
Damn…I feel like tabloid reporter…ugh!