chuskey Posted March 10, 2015 Share Posted March 10, 2015 I was wondering what others' opinion on L6's new pricing for model packs are. I feel like for what you're getting they're a bit overpriced. Before I get to my thoughts on that let me get some of the usual BS out of the way in an attempt to keep the thread on track and not get it derailed. Although I'm sure it will.... Line 6 doesn't "owe" us anything I don't think that I/we "deserve" any new amps/features Line 6 doesn't "have" to come out with any new amps/features I'm happy with the unit exactly how I bought it and if they never come out with any new updates I'm still perfectly happy and it works as advertised. I think that covers all of the usual objections when someone brings up a "criticism". So MAYBE we can avoid the "if you don't like it just don't buy it" comments.. Moving on. Over the course of the HD500 life span that have added several new features and some new amp models, always free of charge to the end user. I think that the features they've added have been great and I think it's one of the best units on the market when you factor in cost, versatility, and tone. Having said that we're looking at a unit that is over 4 years old, which is old for technology. Doesn't mean it doesn't sound good, but you've god Axe Fx coming out with new firmware all the time, Kemper just launched new firmware, and you have the Amplifire that just launched (at basically the same price point). Out of all those units I still think the HD500X is the best fit for my needs and is an incredible value for the money. But where I differ with the current development path is the pricing on the new model packs. Take the vintage pack. You get basically 4 amps (AC30 has 2 variations), 2 cabs, and acoustic model, and whatever Pete Anderson custom is. This is for $50. To me this seems pretty steep. On the high gain you're really only getting 2 new HD models and the rest are old Pod Farm algorithms. The "remastered" JCM800 to me just seems like an admition that the first one wasn't spot on. So why have to pay for a correction? Like it or not the HD500 is not the new kid on the block and I would think it would be worth adding a few new features to the firmware as incentive to get new users interested and keep the current user base on board. If you go fully loaded on the new model packs you're looking at $99 which puts you at Amplifire price range. Again I know they're not the same product, but Amplifire is brand new, has lots of hype around it, and by all accounts uses very high quality components. As well as promises of upcoming updates and amp models at no charge to the end user. I guess my point is that the HD series is aging and while it's VERY capable it is still old by tech standards. Instead of making new and existing users pay a premium for new models that are made with older and arguably less cutting edge modeling methods/technology, that same effort could be applied to attract new customers and strengthen the current user base if it was a free update. I bet even Axe Fx would catch flack for selling a handful amp models in a pack for $50. I realize that something is worth what people will pay for it and maybe these model packs will sell like hot cakes and people will love them. I almost feel like maybe this is the influence of Yamaha looking to get some new revenue out of the HD line. Line 6 hasn't charged for model packs since the XT days, and after the acquisition it's starts doing that again. After offering several free updates over the last few years? Just seems like there could be an influence making that happen. Or maybe it was something on ideascale that got voted up. Who knows. Just my .02. This may make perfect business sense for L6. I likely won't buy the model packs, and really don't see much there of interest for my personal taste, just thought it was an interesting development. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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