I'm sorry that I don't adhere to the "everything that comes out of an Axe Fx is godly" school of thought around here. If I shoved a Zoom 9030 inside an Axe 2 casing, everyone would still be raving. It would seem that individuals listen with their eyes as opposed to their ears. I reiterate - ice pick digital cold to my ear. You have your eyes.But what tube amps are you comparing this demo too? "valve warmth" on what valve amp? "Ice Pick"??
I have a Vox AC15 if you want to talk about "Ice Pick" from a tube amp!!
My solution, change the original valves to a set of JJ's..perfect!
I get out what i put in..what you hear from the demo's are what have been dialed in, if it's not your thing then dial out the harshness you don't like, if you cant/wont do that then it's not the product for you.