I'm looking for a professional that is experienced in Analog Recording to point me in the right direction for a 16 channel mixer and 16 track tape machine. My Budget is variable, I'd like to know a few price range options, I defiantly don't want to spend more that a few thousand. I've been looking at the Fostex E16 1/2'' 16 Track Reel To Reel Machine for $599 on ebay, are they any good? good enough? My main product concern is what board to get for a mixing console? It looks to me that I'll have to get a used one off ebay in order for it to be affordable, have vu meters, good pres, and built for recording. So what models and brands should I look for? My belief is that a decent analog desk and tape machine is still going to sound better than a new DAW setup. The recordings will end up converter to a digital format anyway for mastering, so am I waisting my time dealing with tape or will I still get the tape qualities?