Apologies for leading your thread astray, but the British framebuilding business is so involute sometimes it seems useful to put information on the table and see what can be added or subtracted from the pile.
I did not consider it to be astray; the reason I finally joined retrobike was to have this sort of engagement and exchange of information. The suggestion to rename the thread was genuine so that others could pick up on the additional subject matter.
I feel there is a need for more people to be involved in handcrafted frames, yet to make it a viable profession we need to have more people guided to realise the difference it can make so that they are prepared to apportion their money appropriately when buying a bicycle.
As a champion commonwealth rider Colin Lewis recognised a great framebuilder in Tom Bromwich and accorded him a great deal of custom in the early to mid 80s. How many bike shops now even offer custom built frames, most just look at their profit margins and haul everything off the shelf from Taiwan or South Korea. I am not saying that it is wrong to offer a simple solution, just that the higher end should be supported too. With the additional benefit of maintaining a small craftsmanship area of British Manufacture.