Hey everyone, now that I'm working and getting money and such, I'm looking to upgrade some of my gear. I would consider myself as as a 'pro-sumer'. I only record myself, and is pretty much how I plan to do it for a while. So with that said, I have a hard time spending more than $5-600 on any single piece of gear. What would you guys consider the price range for a pro-sumer? As far as preamps go, what kind of differences would I see between the firepod I have now and a decent tube preamp? I am only really using 2 mics at any one time... so I don't think I would really need more than 2 inputs. I direct-in my bass, mic electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals. I use a couple of drum VSTs as far as that goes. As far as monitors go, I record and mix in my bedroom. Would it be worth spending more than a couple of hundred dollars on reference monitors if I'm mixing in a bedroom? Pretty much for my situation, I'm trying to figure out the range of diminishing returns. The type of music I record with is pretty much acousticy pop rock type stuff. For mics I only have an NT2-a, an AT2020, SM57 and 58 lol.