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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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Leasing

A leasing company actually is in the business of recording studio ownership. Sort of. That’s because leasing company reps will look at your needs, and if they agree to fund you, they’ll buy whatever equipment you want and then rent it to you.

What a concept! They retain ownership of the equipment. You sign a three-to five-year lease, which is just like an auto lease, and make monthly payments. At the end of the lease, you have the option to buy out your lease (purchase the equipment outright), usually for about 10 percent of its original value (in addition to all the payments you’ve been making). Other leases are structured so that your final buyout is just one dollar.

Or you can simply choose to return the equipment to the company. Needless ...

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