So forgive my humble beginnings, but I was always the guy that did everything with nothing. Economics forced me to use cheapest, reliable and best sounding gear I could find in both my guitar and studio set ups. As the years went by I was in other studios and of course saw better guitar rigs than mine but I always noticed if the high dollar set up actually did sound better, it wasn't so much better as to justify 3-4x the cost. I get it if you are a pro and need to look the part and offer all the bells and whistles, that's different. So why then do people spend $300 when a carefully selected $25 unit would do the same thing? Is it necessity or ego? Personally, I get a much higher sense of self esteem when I show people what I can do with a wiz-bang low buck guitar rig or personal recording studio.