I just searched "mentor" on the main page here. It turn up some results about colleges and 'small town' studios. My initial post was going to ask who/what/how is a mentor exactly. But i noticed some things after the search, that stuck out. Here's a couple. Successful engineers can make good/great?? recordings on current average gear. There was a person saying that they 'took work' for $175 a day, and admitted it sucked. So i know the talent level varies vastly. But isn't it the job of engineers to 'get the best performance/song' out of clients. this seems to me like the engineer is as much a vocal coach, as vocal mixer, an arranger, a recordist, ect. i think people will pay good money to get the best they can do, with good/(hopefully) great sounds. I've been told that a hit song, is still a hit song regardless of the equipment. When is it appropriate to accept just OK? budget? talent? time? What if the 'best they can do' is not good? As a mediocre musician i would accept nice sounds on my average songs, w/ 'as good as i can do' takes. as an engineer i'd feel like i was stealing good money from a client, by delivering results that are not really good. there is no pluggin for this stuff, so, stories of experience seem like what the doctor ordered. Where do you draw this blurry line? and how do you cross it?