Hi everyone, First off, I'm a novice recording engineer, and I strive to one day become a "Pro". I've been engineering for 12 years now, making the best out of my budget gear and I believe Its time for me to start working with a professional grade setup to further assist creating the sounds I have in my head. I've saved up allot of money over the last two years to upgrade all my non professional pieces of gear all at once, about $17,000 to be exact. Up until about 2 months ago I've had my heart set on a completely "ITB" rig, where the chain would just go mic > preamp > a/d converter > cubase > and processed with nothing but quality plug-ins. This "ITB" setup, setup 1 would consist of the fallowing. 1. 8 Daking Mic Pre's 2. 8 Vintech Mic Pre's 3. Apogee Symphony system Now, a couple months ago I discovered Toft consoles. I've wanted to be able to Eq channels with quality real analog eq's, mix with real faders, and so on, for a long time. In fact its been 11 years since I've touched a real mixer, as when I first started a had a 24 track tascam tape mixer. Something has been missing ever since, I think its the enjoyment of the hands on experience. Enough rambling.. Basically it comes down to the realization that for nearly the exact same price I would spend on just the 12 quality outboard preamps, I could get a Toft ATB-32A console. Yikes, what to do?? Now it all comes down to sound quality of course, I want to know if I'd be making any sacrifices sound wise, or gaining any sound wise if I were to go the console route. I fear that the preamps in the toft are not on the same quality level as such preamps as Daking, Vintech, Api, Neve, ect ect.. Now if i went the console route, I'd have to save up for compressors, limiters, reverb units, gates, and such, but I'm more than okay with that if the end result is better? Please give me all the the input you have, as I need to decide which route I'm taking and take the leap soon.