The craftmanship is excellent, often the parts are excellent, and the sound is excellent, and the price of dirt.
I purchased a highly customized BEZ pre, oil caps, hand wired stepped volume, point to point wiring, etc. All for less than $400. It outclassed my T-hold pre-amp by a margin, but, it also comes with limited in's and outs, and NO REMOTE.
I won't keep it, but it has clearly put me on a quest for a very good toob pre, with volume, and the Orient has now offered me a nice pre with 4 inputs, switched via remote, and volume via remote.
NA look out, the Asians are coming, and coming fast.
Note: old NOS toobs are still needed to sound the best.