Well, I've been in a commercial location with my studio for a little over a year. The space I was in was a 1200 square foot unit that was intended as a temporary space while I looked for my utopia. It worked quite well, but had minor flaws (such as a chronically leaking ceiling and the rednecks who would do doughnuts in their 4 wheelers in the parking lot for hours on the weekends...) I spent a year looking for real estate (my wife's an agent, so that helped a LOT), researching building/zoning codes and so on. About 2 months ago, I found my Utopia. It was an upstairs unit above a jewelry store in a historic property (the land was owned by George Washington at one point.) The unit was built with sound in mind (er, I should say, remodeled) as it had floating hardwood floors in all three rooms with Roxul insulation throughout. It was NICE space. So, I put in my permit applications (zoning, business app, etc.). Bear in mind, this property was a city-owned government building prior to me and the jewler gettin a hold of it. Well, after I dropped a LOAD of money getting custom acoustic work done to the place as well as picking up some new equipment, the city came to me and said that there was a problem with my permits and that I'd have to move out!!!! They insist that the unit I am in was used as a residence and therefore I would need to do a "Change Of Use" application which they've already told me that they would decline (and it would take 4-6 weeks to complete). The whole reason is, if I convert from a residence, which only needs 2 parking spaces per city code, to a business, which based on space and size requirements would need 5 dedicated off-street parking spaces. Since this is in the historical district of the town NO ONE has 5 off-street parking spaces. I DO however have a 5 Million dollar parking structure literally right across the street!!! They've stated that this won't count towards my parking!!!! Arggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :x :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: So...I'm closing up shop! I am out over $20K after everything is said and done!!! I've decided I will still do on-location classical work and I will devote the rest of my time to mastering. I do have a basement which will work for the mean time. (I custom built my house a couple years ago with the basement as a theater. I only have to do minor modifications to get this to be a mastering suite and I already have most of the gear.) Much of the custom acoustic treatments that I had worked up for me will be able to be used in the home mastering suite, but I'll have to have the company come and do the consultation with me again...$$$$ Anyway, I will be selling off a LOT of gear here in the very near future if anyone is interested. First to go will be my variety of preamps. Check out the buy and sell section of the forum - I'll be offloading some stuff there. </RANT> J.