Ok so I have let my LBS build me 2 sets of wheels. Set #1 is a set of Salsa DelgadoX rims laced to 105 hubs. 32 spokes front and rear 3x with 14/15/14 spokes and brass nipples. These IMO should be bomb proof and I use them on my commuter. Set #2 has Sun 19A-II Aero rims laced to Chorus hubs, again 32 spokes front and rear and again 3x. These have 14/17/14 spokes in the front with AL nipples and 14/15/14 spokes in the rear with brass nipples. I would think these to also be fairly bomb proof.
So Set #1 has been trued like 10 times (mostly the rear) since I got them nearly 18 mo ago and 2 times a spoke has completely lost tension. I am not hitting anything hard or rocking the bike hard from side to side...I do weigh 220lbs though. Set #2 had serious initial issues with 2 spokes hitting my speed sensor...I took this set in 4 or 5 times before they finally got it to the point where no spokes were 4mm-5mm farther out than the rest. This set was new in Jan and has been trued 3 times.
I am just not that abusive to wheels...I had a set from oddsandendos.com that in over 2k miles never needed trued (his DT Swiss RR1.1 build), so what's the deal? Is this all a build issue? How can a good LBS be SOOO bad at building wheels (they tell me their guy has been doing this for years)?