"People thought I was crazy for doing this," Ann Mincieli says, sitting next to a baby grand in the penthouse of her Jungle City Studios, which opened two years ago. Amid shrinking recording budgets and the allure of inexpensive home setups, big Manhattan studios have been closing shop -- not starting anew. "I've never thought about it too hard," she says. "If I did, I probably wouldn't have succeeded."

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