Originally Posted by Lil' Psych
Would the ghost series be such a thing?
No - it wouldn't.
A new Toft might be, a used Neotek and/or MCI 500 series can often be found for $10k or less... I'm sure you might be able to find an Amek "Angela" in far below that range and they were almost a decent console [forget the stuff named after dead people "Hendrix", "Mozart", etc. as they were crap].
If you're handy with tech skills [or feel like learning them] you can sometimes find things like a Soundcraft "Series 1" and Yamaha PM-2000's which were originally meant for sound reinforcement work but are actually class A / discrete consoles that have excellent headroom, great linear phase response, and sound REALLY good when they're running right. I would suggest replacing the power supplies on either should you land on one as it will help improve both bass and transient response.
Best of luck with your search.