I'm pretty much in the same situation..even if it would be mostly for monitoring.
I'm considering the A&H Wizard, the 16 channels.
8 channels are "ok" but if yoy have that budget
thinking a little bigger it's usually better.
Wiz. has effect on board..that's the only thing i could live without. Mixer looks solid, good feel working on it and i'm getting good feedback about overall sound quality. Check it out.
I've edited my prior comments on Spirit and HHB...