Hey everyone, I just want to start out by thanking everyone that responds to my posts....in the past few weeks of lurking and posting newbie questions....you've helped me turn my projects into respectable pieces of work (in my eyes). Here is one that may not be so easy to answer without spending a lot of time typing.... I really love the malt shop sound from the 50's. Run Around Sue is the first song that pops in my head, and I'm sure that gives you a general idea of what I'm thinking. Anyways, I can't get enough of the warmth, reverb, and feel of this music. Sure it lacks the punch/brightness of the music today, but it has warmth that you don't hear in music today. (I'm using warmth loosely and can't describe what I hear with any other words, but I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about). Here is my question...is the gear they used then still available today? Can you name any products I can search for on the net? My idea, like many other studios, is to start a hybrid of digital/analog to capture the best of both worlds. Instead of using analog gear from the 70's/80's...I'm looking more toward that of the 50's. Like I said, I can't get enough of that sound. I know that the gear of that time is now considered antique and is probably worth a fortune. Does my idea sound off the wall trying to combine that sound with the sound of today? I know I need to start with a tape machine...are there any that you recommend? My idea on this is when I'm tracking drums is to not only have the drums record to my hard disk, but then be routed out of my board to the tape machine. That way I can toy around with both realms....I'd also try guitar/bass/vocals of course. I just wanted to rant a little on this, hopefully it is something that is enjoyable for the pro engineers in this community to ponder instead of my usual ignorant questions.