I've had several different rackmount FW interfaces in my 'saved searches' since that time from the likes of Apogee, MOTU, Focusrite and Presonus but then it occurred to me last week or so; why not get one of those fancy new Presonus mixers with the FW interface? With 16 ins I could eliminate the need to sub-mix my keyboards and a couple commonly used rackmounts and if I was so inclined I could also use it at gigs.
Overall they appear to be getting good reviews but I've been a little concerned by all the "Manufacturer Refurbished" ones I've seen listed at eBay. Does this mean that people are having problems with them or are folks just to stupid to be able to figure them out and/or operate them properly?
In any case I decided to jump in today when 8th Street Music listed a new one on eBay for $1799. I didn't buy it through eBay though because I have an account over at 8th Street and they'd recently sent me e-mails offering 13% off through 1/2/13. This enabled me to get the price down to $1565 (plus $28 for S&H) and there's also a set of KRK headphones thrown in.
I gotta believe some folks here are using these mixers and I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this gear!