Over the years I have acquired a small but formidable collection of outboard compressors, eq's and pres for tracking, but have always mixed ITB (an MC Mix really helps
). However, I still lusted for a real console and am now in the early stages of getting two vintage consoles up-and-running: a massive 32-channel Yamaha PM2000 and a smaller 16-channel Soundcraft Delta 200. Both of these beasts were built like tanks - the Toft ATB feels like brittle glass in comparison.
Long story short - I have already invested too much time and $ into these consoles (neither of which I am actually USING yet), and could have / should have just bought the SSL X-Desk.
Live and learn