I am still trying to decide what to do about a small home studio I want to put together. I'd like to keep it all +/- $5k if possible. I could use my Dell PC as the host computer as well. (Though I would prefer a new Mac) My question is: Where am I going to see the best bang for the buck return on sound quality? I think it will be mic, preamp, converter, software in that order, but am I off base here? I'm thinking of building a Hamptone tube preamp from the kit to save some $$$ on that part of the chain. As far as converters, you can spend an awful lot of money, but where am I going to get a good price point? I was thinking of the Lynx 2-C but I'm not sure this is the best option. Any thoughts? (BTW, I'm mainly going to be recording electric and acoustic guitars, not full orchestras of any of that. A couple of good channels is what I'm trying to focus on.) Thanks for any and all help!