I started recording on a karaoke machine and I've used almost every piece of recording equipment there is. I have learned how to get a good sound out of almost anything.
I went to Full Sail University and have been recording, mixing, and mastering for over a decade. I know how to get a quality sound on a budget
I'm just like you. I got tired of paying thousands of dollars to record in other studios. I rather use that money and build my own!