My first year show, and I project $2,000 in costs, with a fluff rate closer to $2,500 after the "oops, I forgot" items. 16 string, 50 pixels per string semi-mega tree, 9 stars of 50 pixels each, 9 pixel tress of 100ea, 330 c9's spaced at 6" for house outlines. Mounting strips, pvc, etc. ONE F16v3, expanded to 48 ports. Raspberry PI, PSU'S, Etc. I was lucky enough to be able to get all of my cabling for power and data runs for free. I was able to get most of the materials for mega tree build for free. I'm counting on the controller to be as rock solid as everyone says. My sequencing depends on all elements running, so if it was split into multiple controllers, and any part failed, I would cancel the show until fixed regardless. I know, all eggs in one basket. Next year, about $1,500 added and that will fill my viewing area.