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I discuss pricing issues based on my standard $ 100/hr rate on my website, 
www.soundsaver.com.  Directed to the intelligent consumer, it includes fuzz 
factors when various problems in the original absorb additional studio time.

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Pricing structures


> On Mon, 26 Sep 2005, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>
>> Look at your hourly rate. Look at how much other stuff you can do
>> while something else is happening. Look at how long each task takes
>> and charge accordingly. I believe in a basic pricing structure that
>> treats everyone the same.
>
> When I set up our reformatting/restoration service at the University, I
> did pretty much the same as Richard suggested in his posting. For our
> internal (University customers) we started out charging $60 an hour. Local
> studio rates are about $90-$110 an hour, so, by law, we had to charge
> more, for our non-university work, as to not to be seen as being in
> competition with the private sector.
>
> While I no longer do any of the transfer work at the University, I do my
> own work for my label and will, from, time to time, do work for others.
> Unlike Richard, my rates depend on how much I think I would enjoy the
> project...and I charge less doing work for friends.
>
> I would like to add, that you can get cheaper rates, but if you want it
> done right, it takes time. When it comes to music, I monitor everything as
> closely as I would if I was planning to release it.
>
> In the "old" days, one needed to monitor both the source and the copy. I
> recently acquired a collection of tapes which had some Mitropoulos
> performances I would like to issue. Unfortunately, most of the tapes have
> drop out which happened during the original transfer from the
> lacquers...and I don't have access to the lacquers...anyone out there with
> Mitropoulos conducting Wolpe and the Schuman Judith?
>
> Karl
>
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