Hi everyone, This already has been posted over at George Massenburg's board - Just don't want to miss your valuable feedback. I guess most of you over here have some bargain one trick ponies in their racks. Wouldn't it be nice to share this information? There have been numerous threads in pro audio forums leading to a wide popularity and acceptance of inexpensive studio gear - FMR RNC, behringer ECM8000 omnis, etc. Let me start the listing with a warm recommendation on some piece of vintage german studio gear: The siemens W295b solid state EQ: You can grab these units for around $150.00 second hand - quite often on eBay Germany. I dropped an MP3 with samples on drums, female vocals and acoustic guitar . File size is just 1 MB - should be worth the download. You'll also find detailed information on the settings over there. From what I can compare with, these are the sweetest, silkiest trebles I came across so far. A no-brainer on vocals. Also the low shelve adds a lot of punch to drums. I'd be glad to hear of your personal cheapo secret weapons. For example, I read from tom cram (techie @ dbx), that the dbx 119 compressors are supposed to be very close sounding to the 160VUs. I just won the auction on a 118 at eBay => 40 bucks. As soon as I have it here in Germany, the 118 will be compared to my pair of 160VU's and I'll post the results including an MP3 with the A/B-verdict. The goal would be to get together something like the "ultimate best bang for the buck shopping guide" including all the neglected "sleepers". Very much looking foward to hearing from you... All the best. Michael Note: The audio samples are taken from a demonstration CD from Royer Labs featuring the R121 ribbon mic. Please notify if there are copyright issues - I'll clear the MP3 from the web immediately. Thanks.