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To the editor:

I found John Dugan's article "He Has Built It. Will They Come?" [May 7] a poorly framed and unresearched view of our profession. While I wish Dan Dietrich and Wall to Wall the best of luck in this difficult business, I cannot overlook the numerous errors, editorial speculation, and basic lack of fact-checking in this piece. As anyone in this business can tell you, Studer is a Swiss company, not German. The analog equipment market, while seriously devalued since the late 1990s, is still quite active, thriving, and no one is selling the Studer 820 or 827 on eBay for $2,000 (should anyone find one, please call me). Finally, the last time I checked, the Engine Studios microphone collection (which is leased from James Bond of Full Aperture Systems) has an insured value of $300,000.

John Humphrey

Studio manager

Engine Studios

John Dugan replies:

Although Studer had a German daughter company, founded in 1964, it is indeed a Swiss company. I stand corrected. The prices for its equipment came from Steve Albini, enough of an expert on analog recording equipment that I had no reason to doubt him when he said you could find a 24-track analog machine for, as my article says, "a few thousand dollars" (not $2,000). Wall to Wall, as Dietrich says, has a combination of console and vintage mikes that can't be found elsewhere in Chicago. Engine clearly has a similar deal in leasing a larger collection of high-quality mikes from Full Aperture/James Bond. I never intended to indicate otherwise.

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