Qusetions I have pondered for many years: Why do DJs insist that crappy mixers (that cost the same as mixers that are sometimes twice as good) are the only way to go? ie: Pioneer DJM 500 vs. Allen & Heath XONE 62 Why do DJs insist that their turntables have to say Technics on them only because that's what everybody else uses? Why do new DJs and wanna-be DJs insist that they know more about Pro Sound than they actually do? I have come to the conclusion that 90% of the DJs in the world are followers. I have also come to the conclusion that there is little trust involved with the people selling DJ equipment. This is sad. Many times I have heard horror stories of people getting ripped off by retailers how really don't care a bout service or repeat business for that matter. Dealers will sell people products that are popular as opposed to products that will make them happy and confident that their sales person's knoledge. When people come into my store they are unsure sometimes when I try to convince them that there are better options and in most cases the same price if not cheaper options. When you go out to buy your DJ Equipment keep this in mind and ask yourself these questions when buying: Why is this product so much cheaper here than at the next place? (there are usually reasons that would cause you problems later) Does it make me feal comfortable buying this? (If you are absolutly sure you want a specific model then don't be pressured to buy something else but weigh your options carefully) Finally I think that there would be more talented DJ's in the world If they were all Unique. Stay away from the homogonized norm and avoid the use of words like "standard". In today's DJ culture there is no standard. Be yourself, Do your own thing and have fun!