Of course I'm referring to recording to a D-Nagra or other new disk-based device.
We have used Emmy award winning sound recordists and they are absolutely worth their rate. Especially in low budget scenarios. They tend to get uppity on set because the norm is about the picture, but as a director (and often at least an exec producer) I make sure sound is given its respect. The typical gaffer reply is 'heard any good movies lately?'
This discussion does of course raise the question of what people are using on set for monitoring. We use the BVMD-20U with HD-SDI (and it's little brother in the 9" model) and are very confident in what we see, but it is only HD. While we own ours, most will be renting. I don't believe these monitors can be bought anymore as the TriColor monitors from Sony are the replacement.