For a couple of years I've been messing around with my little home studio consisting of very basic gear such as an M-Audio soundcard, Behringer mixer and monitors and ADK/KEL/Shure microphones. With finances looking brighter now I see an opportunity to expand my studio and aquire gear that allows me to record at a higher level of quality. My ambition is primarily to be able to record string ensembles - mainly quartets - and, being a violinist, music for violin and piano. My plan is to create a studio that specializes in tracking string parts for movies and rock/pop-bands, so what I aim for sonically is not necessarily a clean, transparent and acoustically correct sound but rather a fat, warm, smooth and silky sound. I would like to operate with a budget of 10,000$ to begin with and get the best possible gear for that - possibly by buying most of it used. I believe the majority of the money needs to go to a high quality pre-amp and a small selection of microphone - my only problem is I don't really have any clear idea about where to begin and what to look at for my specific purpose. My experience with different gear is very limited, so I'm looking for some expert advise and what I should start looking at. Any suggestions are much appreciated!