Peter Read from SDM made the ten hour drive from his workshop to deliver my 16" dob yesterday. Being the only premium dob builder in Australia, there has always been a lot of demand, and a long waiting list for his scopes. I originally put my name down for a 12" dob a little over 4 years ago, as I was going to use the 12" Zambuto I already had in the new SDM structure. After a re-think I changed to the 16", and sold the 12" mirror and had the funds sent straight to Carl, which made upgrading to a new 16" quartz more manageable.
One of the best things about building a dob is working with a lot of great people in our hobby. Because I get to travel around for work, I went about sourcing the good components for the 16", just as I did with the 32", and bought them back for Pete to use.
About five years ago I made the decision that I wanted 2 premium dobs. Something big, and something smaller and more portable. Even though I have taken the 32" on the road to a star party, it was a lot of effort. So it's now permanently in its observatory at my dark site, and my new 16" is going to fill the role as my large aperture city scope and star party scope.