First of all, thanks to all who replied. I'm a believer that when starting out, you need to take into consideration EVERYBODY's opinion and advise.
Having said that, I do believe that after some thought and thorough testing, that for now at least, I made the right choice with this mixer. The point that LT. Bob made
hit home with me. Being new to home recording, I should not be starting with expensive gear. I will use the gear I have to "get my feet wet". As long as the equipment holds up and gives me decent results, I will stick with it until it either goes south, or I outgrow it, as has also been suggested on here. I have a recording desk that I aquired from someone for free who was moving overseas. The mixer will NEVER be dropped as it is mounted on the flat surface of the desk and does not get moved. I made it so that I can move around the mixer and not the mixer having to be moved around. I am a Ham radio operator, so I am used to dealing with expensive gear and know too well first hand what happens when there is an "oops"! LOL... I am also very much into maintainance and care. I keep towels or sheets over gear when not in use, I wash my hands before touching the gear, and I keep a clean food/drink free working area. I don't smoke so no problems there either. I know that even with all these measures and practices, gear can still break down. But at least at that point I can feel good knowing I did my part in keeping things clean and in working order. Thank you all again for your input and suggestions. I'm sure I will be coming back with more questions. I do try my best to do my own research online first before anything else.