I started as an apprentice mechanic this year and am priviliged enough to work for a shop that does everything from assembling brand new frames from the ground up (Avaghon randonneur, custom lugged steel designed by shop owner) with top componentry to repairing the ****tiest of clunkers for poor students ( very good way of learning the ropes).
My boss has been in the business for 25 years and builds the wheels for these semi-custom frames with Rohlof hubs or LX, XT or what ever the customer desires. The thing is, he can build a perfect wheel (ok, a simple 3X, but still) in 20 minutes!! I'm not joking, I've seen him do three in about an hour and 5 minutes.
Perfectly tensioned an stress relieved!
That's almost sick! I am in awe and hope to be even half as fast when my apprenticeship ends in two years.
So, wheelbuilders out there, what's your current record?