Ok so it's been two weeks and two days since it arrived and I haven't posted a damned thing but I'm finally off my bike for long enough to post.
As you may or may not remember I put down a deposit for a custom bike by Barrie Witcomb, the last framebuilder in London a few months ago. After around 7 weeks of anticipation my bike arrived to my absolute elation. Although the process didn't go exactly how I wanted it to, the final product is the best damned thing to happen to me besides moving to London for a year. She's absolutely spectacular to ride and from the first second I got on her I knew that I had made the right decision. I'll spare the minutiae here as I've posted her on velospace http://velospace.org/node/398 but the long and short of it is that it's so damned sweet to me. As for prices the whole frame and fork including the custom lug paint, zeus crown, cicloitalia lugset, and upgraded tubing was £550 or about $1010 and it took 7.5 weeks from start to finish.
The only thing I'm thinking about tinkering with is the bartape/saddle combo and trying to score an old school track tubular wheelset. As of right now I have a Selle Campionissmo with fizik synthetic perforated leather tape (see pics) but I'm thinking about swapping it out for a brown brooks professional and brooks leather tape. Any suggestions?
Anyways, thanks to Barrie Witcomb for building me this bike and I strongly, strongly reccommend him to anyone looking to get a custom frame built. If you're toying with the idea I definitely say go for it and don't look back.