I posted this on R.A.P. too but got little response and I kind of have to make a decision quick. So I'm just starting up a tiny studio to do demos, learn, and record my band. I'm using a PC DAW with a Mackie 1604 on which I just fried channels 3 & 4. It would cost about $600 to fix. I have the opportunity to pick up a 32 channel PM1000 (32 version of the PM1000 Mercenary has) for ~$700. It's HUGE and I could fit it but hardly need all those channels. I don't have half that many mics yet! Plus, I would probably need to rig up a patch bay for all my future outboard gear. I know it will sound better than anything else I can get my hands on for $700. I guess the only issue is would I be going overboard with this thing? It's probably over 150 lbs! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.