From where I sit I feel that being a mastering engineer is a privilege - to be able to hear the (hopefully original) recording tapes and to be responsible for curating musical heritage. It really bothers me that there are few mastering engineers (like our host) who are willing to take on the responsibility of the role. There is no reason (apart from economics) why remastering can't take advantage of the improvements in technology and knowledge that have occurred since CDs first emerged. It is downright disrespectful to the consumer not to deliver the best quality. I feel that those who aren't willing to do their jobs properly don't deserve to have them.