A couple of thoughts on gear: the music comes first. As I frequently tell people, a more expensive mic isn’t going to make you sound better, it will just make a better recording of you. I see my equipment as tools that I use to capture and create the best, most complimentary sounds possible for the musical situation I’m in. A great performance will still sound like a great performance through inexpensive equipment. That said, I love my tools, so here are a few of them:
Microphones from AKG, Beyerdynamic, Coles, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure
Speakers and Headphones from Genelec, Meyer Sound, Sennheiser, and Sony
Preamps and Converters from AEA, Benchmark, Cloudlifter, RME, and Sound Devices
Software from Brainworx, DMG, FabFilter, Izotope, Kush Audio, Sound Toys, Valhalla DSP, Waves, Weiss/Softube, etc.