I have an idea that we need terrible gear:- It's so easy now to get hold of great sounding gear - lush reverbs, linear mics, etc. but is this a good thing? If every single track is recorded at maximum quality and clarity don't mixes get choked so that everything competes for the attention? Don't we need to use awful gear? Mics with little bass and little above 14 kHz? Guitar amps with a tiny, tinny sound? Give me a radio shack mic, a portastudio and a Boss phaser! I'd love to hear what you guys think, I started thinking about this listening to the Strokes album; anyone got it? any info on the recording process for that abum? Sounds great!