So I'm in a Punk Pop band formed by a friend of mine, he's been writing songs for years and formed a band when we finished high school. Well he had decided to organize some recording time, with a guy who won't be named who ran (what I was told was) a semi-pro home studio. I told him I had no money to put towards it and he said he still wanted to go ahead with the recording so he would pay and our usual arrangement would apply (he pays, but nothing comes to me until all his expenses are paid). First alarm went off when we got there, it was a back room in this guys house with a couple of egg cartons attached to the wall with a computer older than I am running some DAW called Paris that I'd never heard of (It didn't even have a metronome function). I decide to trust my friend/BL and go along with it, but I did question at one point why he chose this person (He lives over an hour away whereas I know there's another guy with a better set up less than 5 minutes from me) and he said he'd heard a lot of his stuff and really liked it. Another alarm bell (although a minor one) triggered when he insisted I mic my amp (A DigiTech BP355 into the FX return of my Fender Rumble 350) and didn't ask for a DI (and didn't want one when I asked). Well after a few weeks (and a rather poor initial mix that we critiqued the crap out of) we finally got the final mix. I was talking to my BL and he told me that the guy we recorded with over worked on it, he had been previously told that the maximum budget was $2500 and yet he worked past that and charged a total of $4000. Has this happened to anyone else? is it common? Actually, is this legal? Not to mention my BL has now paid him so there's probably not much we can do but I needed a good rant and I wanted to know if this is common. TL;DR My bandleader paid $4000 for a recording even though the guy who did the recorded was specifically told not to go past $2500. Is this common? or legal?