surround? will make the place for it (if the room design allows), but that's too expensive at the moment. We'd better build good stereo than mediocre surround.
My first thought for surgery EQ was UAD1 Cambridge, I don't like waves Q, sounds bad. Software part seems easy to me, because trying software is much easier than HW.
"that expirience thing is pretty tough to get ;-), everyone can come with extensive list of equipment. And this is the reason why we just don't rent the "mastering place". We don't know it (good enough to make any decision) and renting it in order to learn there seems like a bad idea... better spend money on equipment and learn and learn and learn."