As the title of the thread implies, I am just wondering about the whole concept of letting freelance engineers use your studio. Is this practice very common, and/or is it confined mainly to the larger studios who can afford to "take a hit" (or have people on staff to repair broken eqpt) if some equipment gets broken? What, if any, qualifications are imposed on these people. I'd imagine you wouldnt just let somebody off the street come in and start messing with your $450,000 mixing board and $3,000 preamps and $2,000 microphones... so how do big studios handle this? I was considering doing this because my small studio is exploring alternate ways to generate revenue. I'll be honest though, I very much don't like the idea of people touching my stuff. If they break the equipment, who sucks up the cost of that? I could just see the writing on the wall there. Me: "Hey, why the F* doesnt my Earthworks preamp work"? Freelance Engineer: "I dont know, I didnt touch the thing, I swear" Me: "I was just using the thing yesterday. You were the only one in here since then.... Whos gonna pay for that $*^t, it was $2500... and I need it for a session today! I dont have the time to send this thing back to get it fixed?". Freelance Engineer: "I dont know man. I swear."