Fascinating the way some topics polarise peoples' points of view so dramatically...
Have to say though, no matter how good (and there have been many threads on here by those who were not
happy with the finished article...), seven months+ is
taking the p*ss more than a little!
When you go to these people for a quote they should tell you when
they can actually get around to working on your
...not take it in then put it on a rack until they can fit it in; because even if the damn thing was completely dismantled, rebuilt and gold-plated, there are only hours
worth of work put into it, not months
Compared to this...
...where a good proportion of the time appears to have been taken up with shipping it half way around the World and back again.
I suspect the aforementioned 'cost effectiveness' in the case of the OP is
reflected in the actual amount of time spent on each work order during the timescale experienced.
Can't help but picture the Nannas 'knitting' Shreddies in the TV adverts...