Soulcraft, ( http://www.soulcraftbikes.com/index.asp ) the brainchild of 2 former Salsa employees, have been building frames essentially since Salsa was sold to a group of investors. Now, the company is down to 1, Sean Walling. The occasional guest builder in the shop, Ross Shafer, who still enjoys "dabbling" and lugs and such fullfills his own need to be creative with metal. Shafer, also a musician, dabbles in other such crafts as guitar making and crafting high end guitar amps. ( http://six-ninedesign.com/ )
Since Walling was primarily a Tig Welder for Salsa, he wanted to offer a limited edition lugged frame, built by Shafer under the Soulcraft banner, hence the Alma Pura was born. A fixed gear/single speed road bike, the Alma Pura is a clean, well designed frame. The short point lug shorlines are crisp and well crafted.
Ross has been building frames since the mid 70s. He was a fixture at the old Interbike shows in Southern California (and in Vegas until the sale of Salsa) and an innovator that had paved the way for many improvements in the cycling industry and framebuilding specifically. The frame is signed on the toptube with Ross' nickname, "Scoboni".
The dropouts are Paragon Machine Works, with a relieved face. Arent they HOT???