First, ignore any negative about any model.
1: I’ve seen Josh Yee use a pair of PSG and take 3rd and BAC 2012. Legit. I bet he went through a few before he got a pair of PSG’s he really liked. I have a PSG and a PSG Gem. The GEM is a bit heavier. While fun, some Adegle PSGs and Asteroids have vibe issues that borderline on wobble. It’s random and they are hard to tune.
2: I saw Yoshi Mikamoto throwing down Speeder 2’s at CalStates 2013. I didn’t think this would be a good shape. He rocked it!
3: What’s wrong with 2 Protostars? Or Northstars? I’d recommend against the Starlight, Starbright and ONEStar only due to weight issues as they feel too light to me for 3A.
4: Classics with upgraded bearings and siliconed response? Yeah, I’m a bit over-biased in my enjoyment of the Classic, but I feel it’s justified. Cheap, durable, amazingly smooth for the price and super flexible in application. It is a “jack of all trades, master of none”, but in the right hands, it can do whatever you want.
4: Kuyo YoYoCompany Trap. $30 each, metal. Maxes out your budget, maybe. But, I think they are out of stock. I’m trying to get the guy to produce more.
5: See what stands out in God Tricks for you. That’s some good stuff right in there.
6: Superbreh1234 recommended the Magic YoYo N12. Just for the heck of it, I’m gonna second this recommendation. Also, consider the T5 as well. N12 is a bit better.
7: Trigger or Chaser are other models to consider.
As much as I enjoy the Legacy II, this model does better at 1A and 5A. The high wall inside might not be as ideal for 3A.
9: A pair of Lyn Fury yoyos? Maybe not. They are kind of small. They also need to be siliconed and the bearing seriously cleaned out(or replaced, your choice, but I cleaned the bearing and the yoyo became amazing). Just something to consider. However, due to the weight, it might not be an ideal choice. It’s a 1A model I like though.