Some of my nieces and nephews are getting into music, and I'm thinking about giving them my practice room PA for Christmas. As I got to looking at what I'd need to replace to do that, it dawned on me that since I use my studio space for band rehearsals as well I should at least give thought to the option of going with a small studio console that I could use for mixing outside the box (even if only stems) plus running the PA mains.
Now, I'm a small project studio. I mostly do personal stuff, although I do have local bands come in and record sometimes. I really consider myself more of a dedicated hobbyist since I don't make my living with music projects. I have converters, a pretty decent preamp rack, and what I consider a decent mic collection for a personal project studio (because I'm single and don't have any kids to spend money on, so it has to go somewhere, right? Right). Possibly my most prized microphone would be my Microtech Gefell MT-71s, which I consider to rank extremely high on the value category - it isn't cheap, but it's WAY less expensive than a lot of mics and sounds fantastic.
So, is there a console equivalent of that? Not necessarily cheap, but something that will give good quality results in a small project studio for a reasonable price? I've been eyeballing the Toft consoles but I've read a lot of really mixed reviews. I have a two-channel mic preamp/EQ from Toft and think the EQ sounds fantastic. The preamps are fairly meh, but that isn't really a concern because I have preamps already (API, Great River, Neve Portico, Chandler Germanium, etc...).
Maybe it's a pipe dream and there isn't really anything in that medium range worth checking out, but I thought I'd ask. I'm probably willing to go into the $5-7k range if it's something really usable, especially if it would replace some of my existing gear so I could sell a few things to help fund it. And maybe this will just reconfirm that for my particular situation I'm better off in the box. But this is a good opportunity to do some exploring, anyway.
Thanks for any input!