I guess I'm a little flustered become of a recent experience with one the top mastering engineers in the business. I must say that I was disappointed with his work. My master cd reference was returned with no eq just limiting, outside of that unchanged. I purposely omitted the high-end polish around 15-18k thinking that their high-end equipment used would do a much cleaner job then myplug-ins(Mcdsp, waves, etc.). One of the tracks even contained a 60hz hum, I thought maybe that would be removed. Not!!! I believe that the small independent guys are given marginal service so, my question is why accept the work if you not going to provide the same attention to detail that is given to the major labels. I guess I must be a pretty good Mastering Engineer. (hehe) Ok, I feel better now.