Has something ever struck you and left a lasting impression? Something that may not even be the most logical option for what you want to do, but for some unexplainable reason it is all you want? I seem to be stuck in a situation like this right now. I have access to a protools HD set up once in a while and I fell in love. Beautiful Icon board etc etc. I love the system and decided thats what I want. I can't afford an icon board so while looking into other stuff I found a great deal locally from a closing studio. They spent all their cash on the remodel and never finished before they went under. They have a C24, 196io, and an HD2 set up with the digisnake etc etc. I can get all of it for an unbeatable price. I KNOW the c24 is not the best unit in the wold. I KNOW the preamps are pretty much the same thing as whats in the digi 003+. I realize I'd be paying a ton of cash for something that could be a ton better. I could get a yamaha DM1000 for the same price as the c24 and the yamaha will have better preamps. Is it dumb that I am for some reason so fascinated with all the control options of the c24 in an HD system? Here is where it will get even more dumb..... I am on a rather tight budget. After my new Mac pro comes in and IF I buy the PT HD set up I will only have like 4k more to severely update my studio. I am personally a fan of the Avalon VT737 so I'd like to buy one of those. Other gear I would also like to pick up would be some MD421's, some decent overheads, and a new vocal mic. I also need a patchbay. The gear I have now that would carry over: Groove tubes brick (I have 2 of them) Shure Beta 52 Shure beta 57a 3 shure SM57's Mackie HR824's (I'd like to pick up 3 more and the sub for 5.1 surround mixing) headphone amps (presonus) Shure KSM44 Home made portable owens corning fiberglass soundproofing Drum triggers and my alesis midi to usb box I'd be ditching my tascam fw1884 and PC. I record mostly Metal and rock bands. I will occasionally record some hip hop. I am not doing this for a living. This is my project studio that is driven 100% by my passion for music. With all the new stuff I will still be charging dirt cheap rates in the area of 10 dollars an hour. Even as cheap as that is for all the local bands I still want people to feel like they are getting their moneys worth. Do you think my gear along with that potential new purchase is worthy of still charging people? I know a lot of that last question comes down to the engineer and the final project. The big whopper... What can I do better? What do you guys think of what I said?