I was approached a few times as well. Some smaller trailer projects etc. Luckily up until now nothing dodgy though. I was always compensated on time with no problems.
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Eric, did you see EW Composers Collection? Pretty solid package for exactly 999$.
As a starting point a very good collection. I would recommend it as well if you are looking to get a solid collection of great sounding orchestral instruments. You could also check out Orchestral Essentials by Project Sam.
Symphobia is great and sounds pretty good out of the box. It has ensemble sections of brass, strings and woodwinds. So you do not have much control over individual instrument groups. Hollywood Strings contains only string samples. If you want to write only for string orchestra it is a good library. For full orchestral mock-ups you would need a good brass and woodwind library later on. I personally find that LA scoring strings is in comparision to Hollywood Strings the more playable and more versatile string library.
Between Symphobia and Hollywood Strings, I would certainly choose Symphobia.
Buy L.A. Scoring Strings. Just kidding. It depends a lot on the mix. The right kind of reverb, the panning and eq. And a lot can be achieved with good orchestration. But to be honest up until now nothing can beat a real string section.