sitting here another morning before I tread off to my afternoon weasel gig - I recollect the events of a previous night's session. One remining me just how much you can do with a few good pieces of gear when you take the time to really use it. At the same time, can anyone reflect on being in your early 20's - trying to make your own records rather than watching others do it (even though that does have it's merits). always such a tough call bouncing back and forth between mics you want, preamps you want, compressors you want - and picking up little pedals and gadgets inbetween, and then letting life expenses get in the way as well. then, as a freelancer - the $*^t you buy should only really be the $*^t you really need. what's the point if the rooms you work in have it? at the same time, you want something unique that is flexible in the sounds you can take from it. shopping for old compressors (cheap ones, just for the fact they sound like something) often makes one feel better, yet the "really could use 15k worth of $*^t but have hardly any of that" blues kinda suck. the point of this? I'm not sure - anyone on these groups do the freelance gig amongst a wide genre of music? ( I go from recording stereo classical to rock to electronica) would really be interested in what some of you tote around with you.