Sorry to hear about your relationship. Making music was always the best way for me to get out of hard life situations, so good to hear that you want to invest in that.
I myself had a bit of money to spend this year because nothing else was necessary in this covid times… I was tempted to go for pure modular, but that was out of reach. Not to advertise my purchases, but a little bit about my thoughts and why I bought what is standing in front of me right now:
Elektron Digitone: I love FM and a lot of my patches contained FM-OPs or kitchens sinks and I wanted to have something to build a loop without using my PC. 4 Tracks / 8 Voices + 4 Midi-Tracks. I synced VCV to the digitone and often used sequencers in VCV and recorded them into the digitone, which works really well. Bought it as B-Stock for 100,-€ off with full warranty.
Makenoise 0-Coast: I just love that little beast, it is a perfect addition to the digitone and it was my first semimodular synth. Real Patching - Yeah It has two midichannels, where the first is hardwired to one envelope and pitch and the second has a CV and Gate output which can be used however you like or switched to an LFO. I got it second hand for a very good price and it was maybe used twice…
Behringer Neutron: I wanted to extend the possibilities of the 0-Coast, so it was either buying eurorack modules or another semimodular synth and the Neutron modules have individual in- and outputs, so I got a filter, noise, two envelopes, LFO, overdrive, delay, S&H with slew and two attenuators for 250,- €, oh and it sounds ok if used as a synth
My last piece of gear was a hard decision. I wanted a sampler and an arranger. I don’t like being limited to chaining patterns in the digitone and 64 steps is often not enough. So, something like a deluge or an octatrack or a squarp pyramid with a 1010 bluebox. On reddit someone was pointing out that the new Akai MPCs are everything I need for a lot less money. The MPCs were always some kind of HipHop-Thing for me, but after watching a few videos I was absolutely sure that an MPC-One was all I wished for. It has everything, even 4 CV/Gate Pairs… It arrived yesterday morning, and I am having a lot of fun with it so far. Midi-Setup including VCV was funky, but now it works flawlessly.
I wish you a happy shopping experience and a lot of fun using your new gear!