Same here....started with a big Sharp amp/receiver and an Onkyo....i would hook a turntable into each and mix them together... until i could afford a realistik mixer...then finally got an actual peavy dj mixerDid anyone notice what looks like a "home" stereo amplifier being used? I remember using my Kenwood Tuner-Amp with "home" Sansui 3-way and 4-way speakers (pair of each) at my father-in-law's 70th B-Day party. But I also had Pioneer and Teac cassette decks, belt-driven Dual turntable and played 45's I didn't have on cassette. Essentially, it was at this party when people came up to me and asked "How come you aren't doing this for money?" It was shortly thereafter that I started my DJ experience...working for a multi-op. The rest is history.