Thanks guys. Ringing loud and clear. I'm sure you were intending your reply for all who might read, but I'll clarify that I personally have no problem dumping a mint into gear. I wasn't trying to save any coin by going this route, I'm just in no hurry to go and pick up the first items I see without due diligence. That's all. Figured I owe it to myself to get out to a game in conjunction with all the research I can glean on here and then I'd be able to make some well informed purchase decisions.
I've got a few hobbies, and none of them are particularly cheap, and I had no illusions that this would be either