Quote ken long:
To all the "bed blockers", you could always get a pair of Studiospares to act as a prop and let others have a go on the real thing y'all despise so much.
It has crossed my mind on more than one occasion!!
Love 'em or hate 'em, they are iconic. Between those and the name 'Neumann' on a couple of my mic's I have direct evidence that that they are part of the reason for clients booking with me. NS10s must be the ultimate 'he knows what he's doing' studio prop!
I have done mixes on NS10s many times. I went from Tannoy Stratfords, to Oxfords to NS10Ms when the Oxfords finally gave up the ghost. The Stratfords were always hard-sounding speakers to my ears, but the NS10s were a new experience entirely. I just couldn't get excited by the mix - no thundering drums or throbbing bass. I recall one occasion when a client warned me that I'd muted the Taurus bass pedals - I hadn't!
I really did persevere with them for around 18 months until I felt the need to go out and buy some more Tannoys – 66s for the 5.1 circle and 8Ds for main stereo monitoring. It was like coming back home. Finally I felt like bopping around the control room again.
Since then I’ve come to rely on headphones for pretty much 95% of the mixing task, so even the 8Ds sit idle much of the time. But when I want to hit a client between the eyes they do their job. But not once has anyone asked me which of my speakers they’re listening to!
An Eagle for an Emperor, A Kestrel for a Knave.