The budget has been upped a little (thanks to my lovely wife), and this is what I am thinking (though it keeps changing) as a nice little system: AKG c3000b microphone for my acoustic guitar and vocals POD XT live iMac g5, 2.0 GHZ, 512RAM, 250GB harddrive Mbox with PT Le Reason 3.0 What do you guys think? I had heard that Mbox has some issues with the newest OSX. Has this been fixed? Is there anything you can see that is a glaring ommission? I trust your advice! Thanks!