George says that original means painted while the bike is production. MASI California was in operation for nearly 30 years making steel bicycles. So if Brian discovered an unpainted 1974 frame and MASI released an "anniversary edition" of the Gran Criterium in 2009, then it would _not_ be restored because the model was then in production ?? So if I got my Gios frame repainted while Gios was producing its commemorative edition, it would not be restored ?!?!? I'll have to remember that !!
Jerry Moos says that original means "painted before the original bill of sale". All i need to do, then, is to have Brian Baylis discover an unsold MASI frame with no paint, and his 2009 paint job would be "original". Waycool. Let's go looking for that frame! I can have it painted in a Schwinn Orange Krate Kolor (brian is a very flexible and sympathetic painter!)
I'm trying to point out that it's a very grey area about defining what it means for a bike to be "original" or even "pristine". It' far easier to define "original" as "only touched by the original artists", than the grey and muddy areas that you are wandering into ...
- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA