Well, enough great players on TGP have weighed in and overwhelmingly state that the Axe FX is killer. I'm about to part with my amp and I am much more into direct recording at this point. I have a few questions about the Axe FX: 1. Is this simple and straightforward to plug directly into my preamp/sound card for direct to disk recording? 2. I have another smaller amp on the way BUT, if I ever wanted to try and gig with something like this what would I need? (Axe FX + power amp + cab)? I have an Alesis RA-100 100watt stereo power amp that is powering nearfield monitors right now, but I believe I could pull this out and use it to power an 8 ohm extension cab (I have a peavey sheffield 112sx) 3. How hard (or easy) is this thing to dial in good, solid, amps with slighteffects? I can definitely geek out and tweak, but for this price I'm assuming there is some prebuilt stuff in the box that sounds really good to start off with? 4. How long is the current waiting list (to be honest, longer is better as I would have to save up more cash post amp sale) 5. The price is steep... someone mentioned something in the past like the $1750 is msrp, but it sells for closer to $1450? Is this true? I know there are tons of threads on this (most of which I have read and will re-read but I need to make a final decision on my current amp) VERY SOON. Feel free to PM me with more details - Many Thanks!