Originally Posted by Bob Olhsson
I've been told that London is a day rate. If that's true it needs to be part of the calculation. I also understand that only London has comparable concert masters to those in Los Angeles.
London is under a tightly controlled union system - it's just a more flexible union system than LA. It is also hourly - not daily rate.
Vienna, Berlin, LSO, RPO, Chicago (the one USA based orchestra that makes me think I'm in 19th century vienna!! Thoroughly excellent) and THEN, perhaps, LA (although Philly is better IMO). As for the session scene - London again; price is similar to LA, union is easier to deal with, standard is same (with more potential for grabbing yourself a superstar but we have the amazing Isobel Griffith and players like Stacey Watton or Andrew Haveron
- heck we had
Maurice Murphy!!).....More proper recording venues in LA though..... Next time I'm recording score I will invite you over.
If the AFM sorts its butt out (man - what a drag for USA recording; they're really messing you around) then maybe
it'll all work out for LA. But now? <sharp intake of breath>