I hope you've relaxed a bit regarding Steven's reply. You might not have cared for his tone - and perhaps some of the information supplied was not really necessary - but he did make a number of points worth knowing. If nothing else, he gave a good explanation of how business was conducted during those years.
I suppose the most important point was that Marinoni was in the same position as many frame builders in Italy. That is, he was a skilled builder who supplied a great many riders in a particular region (and a few elsewhere) but didn't achieve "legendary" status outside of his own region.
Actually, based on posts I've read on this list, the same situation existed all over the globe.
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia
> Maybe it's me, but responses like these make me want to puke.
> Is it really necessary to point out a misspelled name? Do we
> have a personal vendetta going on here? If so, please take it
> off list. One person is obviously enamored with Marinoni
> frames and the other seems to have a bad experience with
> them. I'm quite sure we can find similar sitautions with most
> any builder you can name.
> It seems to me lots of the esteemed Italian builders have
> went modern as has Marinoni. Give me a good USA or British
> frame ANYDAY!
> Rod (gonna go take a valium, maybe some should join me)
> Fort Collins, CO