Okay, so there's no doubt about it, as classical recordists, we are as out of place in the recording world as a Mercedes at a Kia dealership. (Not equating rock recordists to Kias - though they are some of the best backed cars in the world ) Have you ever gone into your local music store or guitar center and asked for something that you need to do your job only to get "the look?" :? For example, go to Guitar Center and ask for a 16' boom stand, or a 2 mic adapter with a 3 foot spread, or a custom cable... you get the point. Through the years, I've found myself making custom stuff just cuz no one else makes it, or I can make it cheaper, or sometimes I get the companies to make me custom stuff. As classical engineers, I'm assuming we're mostly in the same boat. I'm curious to know what stuff you couldn't find on the open market that you either custom engineered or had made for you. So far, I've made reference to my custom snake and my customized Sabra mounts. (Which, btw, someone asked a question about and I could never find the question again - I believe the question was - "how do you keep it from resonating sympathetically with the music?" My answer: Drop-hardened steel. It's heavy, but relatively inert when presented with frequencies within the audible spectrum. Of course, other items on the list would be numerous cables, my PC, my modified pre-amps, various custom carrying cases. FWIW, (here comes the shameless plug...) anytime I need custom stuff, I can usually call my rep at Sweetwater or Cascade Media and it gets done. I love it when companies do things right! Input?????