You'd still get the care of a true custom as far as strandberg goes -- it's the same guys as M2M. But Padalka just takes things to another level in terms of attention to detail. The only con about Padalka is he doesn't like to change specs, which isn't as much of a con, but just something to know up front. I change specs on almost every order, but every order almost always seems to take 2-4 years and a lot of new stuff comes out and I buy other things and things change. The Padalka build for me was IIRC 3-4 months of wait and 3-4 months of build.