Well Ive been recording home demos with me and a friend for quite some time. Just one (sometime two) guitar track, bass, vocals, and the occasion drums. Im starting to upgrade to something a bit more professional and want to go the DAW route. I want a nice firewire interface (something like a MOTU 828 or the Presonus Firepod) paired with a good preamp. For now I want to spend the majority of my money on the firewire interface as this will be the backbone to my recordings for quite some time. I can always upgrade my preamps and other 'outboard' gear later on down the road. Thats where I get to my question. Would it even be worth the money to get say a Presonus TubePRE (~$100) and a COMP16 (again about $100) to just learn on? Or would I just be wasting my time with such low end gear? I dont have the $800 to spend on decent gear and anything under $800 seems like a waste of time when I could just save up and go right for something that expensive. I figure in the mean time I could just pick up these cheaper solutions to learn on and get a feel for recording. Go idea or no?