i think if you go back in the CR archives you'll read opinions
that there were scores of top builders that never got the
"acclaim" that the well known high-end builders got - mainly
due to the machinations of the u.s. bike boom of the 70s. lots
of distributors becames"starmakers" simply due to the marketing
machinery they put in place to promote the brands they imported.
in the wake of all this, the many "other" builders that didn't have
representation in the states stayed in their regions and did work
as fine as many of the so-called "legendary" and "brilliant" builders
whose names are common now.