(re an Alex Singer thread)...
>"...have not only filed lugs, but lugs that are built up from scratch."

i was there last summer and spent 2 hours in the store. the lugs are
all made by nikko. and someone - i forgot who began this thread - was
right: the handwork is pretty pedestrian. as a framebuilder, i would say
the the concept of the assembled bicycle is far more advanced than the
level of torch and metalwork. this is just my observation from being
shown subassemblies and unpainted frames.the moho in that shop
was immeasureable. if i had the benjamins, i would have caved. the
zoot factor equals the bling-blingness. that's the important ratio.