Agreed - it's a nice simple set of stuff you need.
I'm still looking for the right mixer. One thing is that I've decided that rackmount is definitely preferable (thank you for that input Hugh).
I really like the Samson SM10 on paper but I'm struggling to find anywhere I can buy one from in the UK - if I could find one I'd have bought one already.
I looked at the ART MX622 - but why they had to use phono inputs I have no idea, and the mic/line inputs are XLR only. I know none of that should matter a jot really, but personally I like a nice jack socket and I've got enough cable faff in my life already.
I looked at the Behringer RX1202FX ... but I have a bit of an aversion to Behringer mixers due to historical issues. This may be prejudicial on my part and although for good reasons based on models from 20 years or so back it may be a concern I can drop if anyone knows better. Has anyone used one? I'd be interested to hear opinions on it.
The Rane SM82 looks nice too - though again, I can't find anywhere that sells them and Elf commented on a historical thread (https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 16&t=26341
) saying: The quality is OK, but I certainly wouldn't record through it. I definitely wouldn't record through a chain of mixers.
... which I've noted and on some level bothers me even though his threshold of acceptability is undoubtedly higher than mine.
So .. the search continues. Any and all input welcome. Even if a decent link to buy a Samson or Rane from a UK source.
I've certainly changed my goalposts slightly from the original post. I'm willing to spend a bit more now as I think it's a good piece of equipment to have going forward for a number of reasons even though I plan to upgrade the main desk later, so I've upped the budget to £200 or so.