cool. i'll have to slueth a bit, i've only used lame as invoked by front-end software, should be a nice learning experience
ya i realize quality cannot increase as i'm starting with a lower-bitrate file as mentioned in question "b:", i only hope it doesn't go down, lol. that would seem unfair... larger file/less quality...
if i come up with any scripts, i'll post them here, as it might be useful for people wanting to go the opposite direction (if they have ripped their library lossless, but want a smaller file for portable player for instance).