I read pretty much all of the gear related forums and see so many people buying either their first rig, their first upgrade rig or a truly professional set-up. I know far too well how hard it is to scrape together the money for your gear, but wonder why so many players don't keep saving until they can afford better gear? For new players fine, we all have to start somewhere, but once you have a good grasp on your playing ability, why skimp on quality. Guitars aside, what do most of you feel one should budget for a professional set-up? I'm finding it very hard to keep my budget under $3500.00 for an amp, cab, cases or covers cables etc.