Thank you, thank you, thank you.
This has been hugely helpful. My situation is much like Russ's friend. My wife and I play old time cowboy music for tourists in Northern Arizona. Tower Records is not eager to stock our CDs. We are able to offer the people we play for a unique souvenir to take home. We just want it to be a good, quality product.
OK, let me see if I've got this straight.
Don't buy the cheapest CDs available. There is a difference in quality. Use a good brand name.
Don't record at the fastest possible speed. The recommendation is 16x.
We are using an Epson 900 to print directly onto CDs. I'm glad to hear this was a good move.
Good to hear many others are trying this approach.
Special thanks to Ron for feedback about DJs and radio stations. We'll send you a copy to your station. (Found you with a google search.)