As I read through the remarkable posts on these forums by so many industry veterans and the wealth of knowledge of professionals I can't but wonder your thoughts on what a GREAT record means anymore. Although my own studio doesn't compare with 90% of the engineer / producers studios here, I do have GEAR (not skill perhaps) that rivals and exceeds gear that was used on some of my favorite records. Records that AT THE TIME were considered 'golden' 'world class' and 'state of the art'. So where does does the line end and begin in terms of 'professional' recording anymore? There is this HUGE gray area of engineer/producers like myself where I can consider myself professional in many areas and compared to many others..But can hardly consider myself more than a working hobbyist on another standard compared with, for instance many people here (most maybe). Regardless that I make my sole living with my small studio. I work with some world-class musicians here in Santa Barbara Ca. (there is a tremendous wealth of talent) and I have captured some great performances/vibe/emotion etc in my small studio. So can I consider that 'professional'? What can I compare it too or base it against? The quality is certainly better than alot records from the 70's and 80's or early over-digitized low bit rate 90's. However I still can't compare myself with the engineers or studios who did those pieces. I can compare my work the work they do now, and it takes me back to 'hobbist' level. I would genuinely like to hear your opinions. Thank you and Peace.