Audible Illusions wait time ?


Hello all,
Im in a bit of a quandary.
I had an old Audible Illusion 3A pre amp, that had some hiss and static on the volume. I called audible illusions and spoke to Art. He said it might be the volume pots. Long story short, he said he’d allow me to send him my old pre amp and move up to the new 3B. I said ok, and paid him for the 3B. He said it would take around 4 weeks. Now it’s going on 6. I called him and he said I’m behind two other people. (Once it is completed I am to send him my old pre amp) Now I’ve read about all the LONG lead times before the unit is manufactured (I see it can take    several months). Now I’m remembering, that I liked the 3A pre amp I had, (it was in storage for several years unused) but now I remembering that I didn’t like that volume WASN'T remote controlled. (Having to get up and down was a pain in the ass). I understand the pre amp is a good one, but I also don’t want to wait a few more months for delivery. Besides I’m thinking that I will be disappointed that the volume isn’t remote controlled. What do guys think?
After thinking about this, I think I’d really rather have a pre amp with a remote controlled volume. But is there anything out there around $3000 new or used I should look at that dan compete ? 
Id be willing to keep the deal as is, if I could get delivery in a week or two, but I really don’t think that will happen. Do think I should stay with the 3B, or pull out and look for another pre amp with volume control ? Thanks
mike_f
@mofimadness , thank you for the correction on Art Ferris's name, not Al, he really is a nuce guy with a nice preamp. Enjoy the music
I think I got all things squared away. I spoke with Art, and I am going to get the line stage instead of the 3B. (It has the remote volume) 
In fact Art told me the 3B was ready to ship to me in Monday ! That’s 6 weeks! That’s  pretty darn good turn around time !
Anyway he said the Line stage would be ready by about end of March for me. I’m really happy now, as I know I wouldn’t be happy without a remote volume control. Thanks everyone for your help !
mike 
Are you getting your old faulty 3A back? I'd consider buying it?

Cheers George
@georgehifi...usually Art has you hang on to your unit until the new one is ready to ship. I’m pretty sure the OP still has his original M3A. Art also gives a very excellent trade-in price, so I’m sure the OP will trade it in.

I spoke with Art, and I am going to get the line stage instead of the 3B. (It has the remote volume)

Also, just to avoid confusion, both units are 3B’s. You have the M3A or B which is a full function preamp with phono, but NO remote. The L3A or B is a Line Stage Only WITH remote.
One is a 3B (Modulus) Which is full function pre amp, (has built in phono) the other is just line stage pre amp. “L3A”. (With volume remote) 
The one I’ll be handing in for the trade in value is a Modulus 3A. (it has the phono stage too).
And I’m glad I made the change. I’m sure the phono is nice on the new 3B, but having no remote would be a real bummer for me, as I listen to a lot of digital audio too, and there is a lot of volume variations on song to song also. I’d be getting up after every different song....