The Heritage is an excellent class of console. But for that much $$, you can get a lovely RECORDING console.
The Venice or Verona...well, it's a big step down, but a significantly lower price point for the Venice. With the Verona, new is around 17k for 32 channels...so you could still buy a nice recording desk, maybe used, for that. It's the 3-5k Venice consoles that I see people using, because they are better than a Mackie. Well, thats it. Better than a mackie, decent (not great, DECENT) preamp. Decent EQ, like Soundcraft EQs before Harman. fuuck Fixed high and low (boo) and decent swept mid.
The desks are GOOD. Better than a Soundcraft 200 or 600 (unless you have a full Jim William's upgrade) but they aren't GREAT. Steve Remote has two as reference/monitoring consoles in one of his trucks, if you HAD to, it's a great little mix desk, but it's not made to be a recording desk. Not an inline desk. Inserts are unbalanced. You can mix to stereo our, two monitor outs (pre fader) two FX outs (post fader), and two Aux outs (pre or post, globally switched per aux master) so if you REALLY stretch it you could call it eight buss.
It's a good desk for the price, but no one has tried to compare them to the new Toft or Oram desks, which are the "new" competition in the under 5k range, like the Soundcraft Ghost has been for so long.
Hope this helps!!