This question may seem rather stupid, but I wonder how do you thank people for letting you record at their place or their stuff. Some days ago I came by a local scrapeyard and asked the guy in charge if I could record some stuff they had there. He was very friendly and let me ran around and since I want to go there again in the near future I was wondering how to say thank you.

So what do you do? Do you just say "Thanks" or do you do something in exchange?

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a bootle of good red wine can be a nice way to say thank you :)

  • Ok, it seems that alcohol is the best payment =). Thanks for all your answers Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 22:35

A good bottle of red wine is always a safe bet.


If it is a museum, I often make a tax deductible donation.


The main thing is that whatever you do, you need to have them on your side so if you get back to the studio and discover you need to do a second or third recording session, that (a) they will be happy to have you back again and (b) you haven't set such a high precedent that you can't afford to return!

It also depends how much of their time/resources I've used.... Most (non-professional) vehicle owners I've used are usually happy with $100 for a few hours of their & their vehicles time.... I often find vehicles to record by finding someone selling one, so to get an extra $100 for a vehicle they are selling can help them out, and usually people are interested in what you're doing & why.... Also think of their hourly rate, as you will be using their time... (If I ask them for a figure I always pay them more than they ask)

But if its a small thing or a favour then I agree with Iain, a nice bottle of red or bubbles or a dozen beer depending on their likely favourite, but appreciate some people dont drink and will appreciate something else (petrol voucher? chocolates?)

Being a scrapyard they are probably beer drinkers - did you notice any crates of empties? You definitely want to reward them as you may go back there again in the future....

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    My first thought was that I should buy them some beer, but I was wondering if it was a bit too clichee =) I never recorded cars, but giving somebody who wants to sell their car some money seems to be a good idea indeed. Maybe I should rent a second recorder and give it a try Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 22:33
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    @Tim What did you tell them when they asked "You're not going to rev it up above 6,000 RPMs, right?"? Hehe. :-)
    – Utopia
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 20:06

I work mostly in video games. Folks love free video games.


Take the money and run..metaphorically…joke..

  • ...recording bank vaults? =) Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 10:51
  • I was actually in a bank vault the other day at work, several of them in the basement of a close'd down bank though I was unable to record anything without my recorder.
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 16:14
  • All those potential sfx...gone! :C
    – JP Neufeld
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 17:13
  • Luckily, I work there on a semi-regular basis and now know that there exists a bank vault underneath. Zoom H4n powerup time.
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 17:44

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