I run an "Adat Studio" in a rural area (away from the music hotspots so we don't get to compare notes with many other studios). We use a lot of the same gear as most of the "World Class" studio's do. But when I talk to the guys at our local "Pro Studio" (Neve, SSL, Studer 2", you get the picture) or anyone else "Pro", they want to talk down the fact or should I say don't consider us as being for real. I started with the black faces and now have the XT 20's. I know that 2" tape, Radar II, PT (which we have 001)and the DA-whatevers are what's happening in their world. But why the grief! The adat's are some what a pain at times (which I have learned to deal with) but the recordings we do here sound great and compare to most anything out there. Shouldn't that be all that matters? I agree that the Big Boy's stuff is great (if you can afford it) but are adats really THAT bad? Having said that, I would like to ask a few questions. (1) We get no respect, why? (2) What has been you experience with adats, Good or Bad? (3) How do you think the XT 20 sounds, compared to...? (3) Does everyone make back-up tapes? Have you ever had one eaten? (4) What is your method for back-ups, do you re-use them or archive them with the masters, how do you cover the cost? (5) Do you clean and service your own machines? (6) Are there any suggestions that you would like to share from your experience working with adat's? I know that for the seasoned Pro's, the adat started the end of life as they knew it and maybe that's the thing. I just want to hear some "real answers".