The exalted ListMeister wrote:
>> I would still rather have a Richard Sachs or a Brian Baylis or a ...(fill in
>> the blank, even a Dale Brown) where I knew the maker carefully shaped and
>> carved and drilled and sweated the details, rather than a (albeit very nice)
>> Nagasawa or De Rosa or Masi or ? in which the component parts were made via
>> casting accuracy to replicate those shapings that the maker no longer took
>> the time to do...
Maybe - I completely understand the underlying sentiment. One could argue however that the socketed dropouts on the Nagasawa (or the Joe Breeze / Ritchey dropouts of similar design) require more precise - altho less time consuming - cutting of the stay AND they offer a much bigger contact area for brazing, resulting in a stronger frame that is more resistant to breakage in this highly stressed area.
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