I meant exactly what cosmos said ! But maybe it was more of a maintenance probleme, althought I've worked on other boards of the spirit line in good condition and never liked them, I dont think there any better than a macky or low end yamaha's.
I would not take the " hit records were made on this board" argument, some hits where made on macky's too, and they sound great, I have a friend that has one and do's great records with it but he uses outboards pre's for recording and never touches the e.q. on the board, you could do that with the spirit I guess.
Now for the mode, well I guess you can turn a lot of low end boards in to good sounding boards after doing what memphisindie said, but do you have the knowledge, the money and the TIME to do all that ?
Then again if its cheap ( how cheap ?) and in good condition why not, but I think I would rather go for a tascam 2524m or something like that.