Re: [CR]Masi vs Forgeries - non fact opinion

Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 23:09:04 EDT
Subject: Re: [CR]Masi vs Forgeries - non fact opinion

As someone who has built a few frames and been in the trades for a living for awhile, and having met Faliero in 1984, I have a few cents to add. The old concept is that you are an apprentice for 4 years, at which point, you MAY be a qualified journeyman. After 20 years as a journeyman, you MAY become a master, IF you have what it takes. Faliero was a master. All his frames made under license or in his shop, were made using "jig masters" to set up the jigs unless it was a custom design. Design consistency. He hired promising, talented workers, worthy of his tutelage to build "his" frames. Dave Tesch was a nuclear submarine certified welder before he went to Masi USA. I've seen him silver braze, his technique is flawless. Brian Bayliss needs no introduction. The names Confente, Tommasini, Pela and others have been mentioned as having worked for him, and at the least, learned his methods. I think it is clear that whoever built Masis, was well qualified and did excellent work under Faliero's supervision, building bike frames to his exacting designs. Craftsmanship consistency. The next point to remember, is that to make a living, an Italian frame builder is trying to get team contracts, to supply frames that have a life expectancy of 6 months. One guy can't do it alone. If you have a Masi that you know was made by Faliero, you have a collectible. If you have any of the Masis made in an authorized manner, you have an excellent bike frame. Now I'll give you, if this same frame is made in Taiwan by a robot welder, even to the same specs, it lacks the human touch of the superior craftsman creating a thing of great functional beauty. At least for me. Bottom line: I'm in agreement with Richard Sachs and a few others who have said a lot of things rather well. Faliero absolutely deserves to have his signature on his frames. Consistent design, consistent craftsmanship, consistent materials quality = brand. His brand was Masi, he made bicycles, not mysterious,
magical whatevers.
Stevan Thomas
Alameda, CA