I have been following this thread avidly for some time and these are the conclusions I have come to...
I have been looking for all-silver thumb shifters. After checking out Paul's (stupid price and cheap looking) and Sturmey (black), I found one manufactured by Velo Orange:
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/ ... -23-8.html
They are out of stock but I was in touch with Scott there and he says they will be back in in January. At $50 a set they are significantly cheaper than Paul's and they come with all the gubbins to retro fit down tube shifters.
Next, I purchased a set of campag record shifters from ebay for £18 and I must say they are very nice...
I plan on running a 2 x 10 set up so I'll post more as I go...
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