First decent pay check and I am buying a Mackie of reasonably/useful size again, I would recommend the same.
Mackie are certainly not 'high' end I agree, but I always feel that a huge selection of my old favourite records where made using them :)
And indeed they are good for that price range.
I don't wanna turn it into a hating Behringer, but having started with a nice Mackie 24VLZ many years ago, I sold this for a need for space, studio condensing etc and decided to try out these Behringers…I know I can hear you all cry now, trust me I cried too.
I had 4 Behringers of the same model in the first 3 months while they attempted to find one that worked, which they never did. I ended up exchanging it for the 1st generation Tapco, (Mackie) although this wasn't working well either after sometime, a run of bad luck. I still have that small Tapco actually for feedback bits.
Now I have a second generation Tapco, still works fine although not great sound, certainly not the Mackie sound I remembered.
I did buy another Behringer for my partner…I know I know, thinking a smaller one can't possibly break, I was wrong.
We still have that smaller Behringer, it still is crackly and sometimes the panning pots double up in strange ways, its really horrible to use.