some sales advice:
accusation: "you're too expensive"
response: "expensive compared to *what*?"
also, hidden expenses of the bargain basement studio:
lower quality tracking sound, means time wasted in mixing trying to fix it
poorer quality monitors=higher likihood of a mixing mistake
less sophisticated mixing setup means time wasted mixing
less sophisticated headphone/iso booth setups means more stress during tracking
unwanted outside noise means wasted takes, stress, and wasted time
inferior product means personal dissapointment, and less chance for success
bare-bones studio usually means a less-experienced engineer/mixer= less liklihood of good decision making
tell him he should go to the cheap studio to practice his arrangements. then bring only the good ones to your place to re-do at a higher quality level.
The Yankees have spring training in Tampa, but play in New York