Originally Posted by T?????????:
> I'm not sure about tough times... I know Dave's wait
> list keeps growing and growing. (snipped) I doubt any
> of the custom builders are getting rich building frames,
> but at least a few of them have a guaranteed income for
> awhile to come.

there has never been a better era in which to
be an independent framebuilder. it may have
taken awhile, but the pendulum has veered
back to the direction taken by those who ignore
time clocks and market trends and simply want
to do the best job possible atmo. it's not always
possible to do this in industry; too many mouths
to feed and hands to grease. framebuilders, by
nature, are take this job and shove it kinda' guys,
and the nearly all the ones who are in the mainstream
now have passed the smell test.