A cautionary tale: I was in the process of looking for a booth for my home studio, when a request for a bid on a big audiobook gig came in. So I did the read and submitted a quote. Now, for some reason I got it in my head that I was gonna book this one for sure - why, I have no idea. But because of that odd impulse I ended up buying a 4x6 Whisper Room booth quickly from an engineer I know in San Diego, without checking one out in person or really thinking it through.

So the booth arrives, we set it up - and it's a MONSTER. Now, draw a 4x6' rectangle on your floor with tape. Doesn't seem like much, right? But when it's a 3 dimensonal box that's 7 feet tall (and needs another 10" of wall clearance), it's a VERY different animal. Way too much for a one bedroom apartment.

So now what?!?

I finagled with it for a while but eventually my instinct won out and I made the decision to unload the Beast and get something more manageable (like a 4x4' Isobooth). Fortunately I was able to find a buyer for the Whisper Room almost immediately, and am currently looking for a previously owned Isobooth or Vocalbooth (if you know of any that may be available please contact me!).

So what have we learned? TAKE YOUR TIME making large purchases. Consider your situation rationally and don't succumb to impulse buying. Don't buy expensive items sight unseen. And please, never forget, tomatoes are not really vegetables...

Thank you!!!

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Comment by John Matthew on July 16, 2008 at 8:35pm
Addendum: After more than a month of searching for a workable used option (and getting close to one before it evaporated), I finally but the bullet and ordered the brand new 4x4 VocalBooth. If you're thinking of doing the same, be aware - it can take up to 6 weeks for your order to ship! But the folks up there at VocalBooth are very nice and hopefully it will be worth the wait...
Comment by Roxanne Hernandez on June 21, 2008 at 10:28am
Thank you for the cautionary tale, John. My little old closet is looking better and better. My studio is REALLY low-tech, but for what I've been doing it's actually well suited.
Let me know what you end up with.

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