I have been recording profesionally for a couple years now. I made a big investment into converting my 2 1/2 car garage into a really nice studio. I have been fairly busy as of late with local bands (inluding my own)and have had great results with the exception of the last 2 bands. The first band, a metal band, came in with an old set of Tama drums. They were the old style that are made outta some kind of fiber material. The sound very flat, no resonance at all and he has a massive kit with about 12 cymbols. After recording the set solo, I didnt feel they sounded that bad, but once everything else was recorded they sounded like wet box's. The kick drums were horrible no matter what i did with EQ. there just was no "sweet spot" to pull up. So I explained that the drum sounds were crapy because of the kit. They did not belive me. I finally said screw it and ran the kicks into my yamaha module and took his right out of the mix. The problem then came with the overheads. I had to pull them down a bit because of the bleed through from the kicks. They didn't like not hearing massive cymbols so I brought them back out and it soundeed even worse with my "replaced" kick sound. They also had a piece of $*^t BC Rich bass and Crate Blue Voodoo guitar amps. I tried to get the bass player to use my custom bass and he wouldn't, I tried to get the guitar player to use my Marshall as well and he wouldn't. Now I have a recording that sounds like $*^t even though I spent many many hours without charging them, to try and fix it up a little. Now they are bad mouthing me at the local band warehouse practice space..... Band #2 A musician who play's in the style of Dylan and Arlo Guthrie. I hired one of the better session drummers in town for this project.(as a personal favor to me the guy did the job for $125.00 for 5 songs and did 2 rehearsals!) After I had completed the final mix on the first song, I gave him a copy to take home and listen to. He came back the next day and said it sounded "over produced" and gave me a Ani DeFranco and a Bob Dylan CD to use as a referance mix. Again this guy has a $200.00 fender acustic that actually sounded better direct than mic'd. I listened to the Dylan CD a couple of times and didn't hear much of a differance, infact my vocal recording seemed to have a better presance to it. But I bassically put the same reverb on his voice and guitar didn't overly c0mpress the snare and had a nice overall sound on the drums. It was VERY close to the Dylan CD. So the guy comes back after and he is listening to this in total disbelief. He hated it! He then tells me he wants it to sound like it was done on a old 4 track!(I use a Pro Tools TDM set up) So I pull all my inserts and he tells me thats more what he wants. (I now have about 20 hours on the mix) I give him a master copy and he say's he likes it. The next night, he shows up at a gig I had with my band with a list of things he want's me to change!! I have been so generous to this guy as far as billing him but I just don't want to do anymore because I am taking a huge bath? So what would you do in these situations. Advise would be appreciated. I don't want to stop offering people a really low price, but where do I draw the line?