I love reading the posts about your gear! I learned on a Neve VR with the flying faders in school from Jeff Harris who used to be at The Village in LA. Loved it! The room sounded like crap though(it was too shallow). So what did I do? I grabbed chairs from every room on campus and piled them up behind me when I was mixing to break up the sound in the room. It totally worked. Every instructor that heard the room when it was like that agreed that its gave the room a way better sound. I was able to work in there way longer than the other students because my ears werent getting boxed by bad modes. That board had its issues but we had a good tech and it sounded amazing.