My increasing desire to own a tandem met the downward-trending optimism that I'd find a used one to fit, and so we bought a new Speedster from Tandems East. Mel worked the Wound-Up carbon fork into the deal. That lets me do Rolfs or whatever if I decide I must have racier wheels, and then I'll still have the originals for training/backup. (That's in lieu of buying the $1300 Performance Package from Co-Mo).
I was about ready to order a custom bike from Co-Mo, when someone from my local club suggested I call Tandems East to see if they had anything in stock that they'd be willing to deal on. I did, and they did. The bike is a 3-color fade, in Metallic Silver / Pewter / Black, which should look nice.
I broke my new policy about riding the bike before we bought it, in buying the Speedster from T.E. But I managed to borrow a 23/20 Robusta from my LBS last Saturday, and we put 25 miles on it during the ride. There are no geo differences on paper between the chromo Speedster and alum Robusta models, so I'm hopeful the sizing is fine. I'm also keeping finders crossed that the Speedster offers the right compromise between stiffness and comfort. I'd rather have it a bit stiff than too compliant/flexy.
Looking forward to receiving the bike.