Yea anything musically affiliated when it comes to equipment will be expensive. You can get cheaper or should I say knock offs but you get what you pay for. I could buy a pre amp for $500 but I wont be satisfied. The one I was costs $3000 and I got bills and all that crap so it's gonna be very very difficult. Not to mention my studio isn't acoustically set up yet so I need to do that, will help with the vibrations from other objects. I have blankets and other stuff on the walls now to absorb the sounds a little but still not to my standards.