I have experience on Mackie, Soundcraft, Yamaha,Allen and Heath, Trident, and maybe 100 hours on an SSL G series, (the assistant did most of the work)I also know O2R and D8B, and they're fine. But with the money for Yamaha and Mackie digi desks, I keep thinking I've missed something. I like analog dynamics processors and I'd like to not buy a bunch of channels of outboard pre's and comps and EQ's. I often put up 12 to 15 mics for full band live off the floor sessions. and mix 16 to whatever tracks. I'm recording to Mackie HDR and ProTools.
I want the best of both worlds and I want it cheap.