Originally Posted by SASMastering
Spot on Chris, you make your best call based on your current paid work throughput and numerous other factors.
Yeah, I definitely have to agree with Chris and Joe. Valid points, and it's true there's no one way to do this, and no one policy that works for everyone. You simply do what you need to do to survive and adapt.
And while it may seem like ""mastering guys in a pub run out of interesting things to talk about", this thread illustrates many sides and variables to consider, from both the client and the mastering engineer's perspective. If we locked this thread now before it spins off into arguing, it would probably make a good resource for someone Googling for help.