I am considering making the leap into 'VINYL cutting & mastering'. I have been searching for a cutting system & equipment & it's very difficult to find anything (in USA at least). I'm really interested in making test plates / acetates / dub plates for clients of my recording studio as well as myself. What are some good equipment recommendations? I realize I need the cutter/lathe, cutting amps, cutter head(s), etc... But what else? A slew of mastering equipment? Comps, EQ's, etc....? I have researched & read about Neumann, Scully, Westrex, Ortofron.... Even the old Rek-O-Kut & Presto units. Lot of the real big systems are simply out of my reach (20,30,40+ thousand !!!! ). I don't want to have to mortgage my house to do this, but am just not sure what the best approach would be. What are some good suggestions for a rudimentary / small but functional setup? I'm not necessarily looking to cut the next 180Gram audiophile re-mastered beatles album. Just a test record that can be played on a standard turntable with decent enough fidelity to be played on radio or in a club. I am looking mainly to offer it as a service to clients. I am determined to do this & make it my speciality. I have heard of 2 places overseas that manufacture 'dub plate cutters' but they are extremely pricey & made to order (with long wait times). While they seem they may do the job, I am just wondering if my money is better invested in an old school Neumann/Scully/Westrex lathe instead. These new type cutters sit on top of a standard turntable. I just feel I would rather have a solid lathe in front of me... Comments?