the armrest is off of it (hence the ribbon cables), I'm having it reupholstered. This console is modular, 24 ch 4 bus. I'll be pulling each of these channels for cleaning/refurb. ALSO, to do: build a ton of xlr to 1/4in trs cables (1/4 inch inputs) and score a patchbay.
Well there are Plus and Minus in working with consoles IMO.
+ of course they bring analog sound instantly with no any your action.
- lack of flexibility if you require some different "color" of sound
In sum I guess there's no single "right" answer. It's all depends on one's aim and skills level
my plan is to do most of my mixing as i would, in the box.
from there i'll create 8 stereo subgroup outputs that I'll then sum and "sweeten" in the analog domain, and mix back to 2 channels in my DAW. Circuitry sounds good, i've always thought so, the chaos of voltage's affect on sound is a pleasant thing. I'll end up with coloration (good or bad, thats my choice) from simply engaging the eq without applying any gain.
and if worse comes to worse it was simply an investment of time $ and energy. there is always more $ time and energy.
You see, if I had a large analog mixer I would do ridiculously stupid stuff with it. Like buy a cheap microphone for each channel, place them wherever I felt like, and make the worlds strangest sounding reverb.