Now that I am getting my gear back together and trying to carve out a spot to practice and do a little recording I thought some might like to follow along on the progress. At the very least allow me to track the progression of it in one spot. Being single has it's advantages. I don't need to consult the committee before doing any redecorating in my bedroom or the rest of the house. The only person who I have to worry about disturbing is my 6yo boy so late nights are out without headphone. Anything else pretty much goes as long as my bank account allows it (which is usually a no go lol). Being on a VA check once monthly along with what profits come from the farm keep this build very frugal and I am trying to see how budget friendly I can make it and still have a workable setup. That means the majority will be home built equipment and furniture items. So far I have built a mixer and mic preamp. I already had all the needed components for those on hand and the money was spent on that long ago so I am counting them as free. http://www.squier-talk.com/threads/diy-4-channel-mixer-wip.157825/ Today I built the majority of a desk to set all that and my laptop on. I still have to cut and install a brace across the front legs and while I am a single male I am not a heathen so it will get painted with the same satin black paint I used on my bedroom set to help it blend in a bit. I still think the desk needs a small half sized shelf on the mixer side to make room for additional interfaces and equipment but so far I am still at the $0 spent mark. Tonight I am ordering a Pyle sm57 clone for $14 and a simple usb adaptor to get me started with for now till I can get a real usb audio interface. Besides my amp head that is the first new gear money has actually been spent on so far. More to come as this continues to evolve. Feel free to share your setups, insights and thoughts or frugal tips you may have along the way.