I hate to say this, but Wrath demon really has a good point. Doc Mego & CTVT are professional outfits and not entirely made to order.
Even with everything that DOc M has going on, he bends over backwards to make certain a buyer knows what is going on.
They are the creme of the crop. Beyond that you are on your own. Service might be INSANELY fast like Fred or Laurie, or it could be spotty. Sometimes very spotty. With Made to order, you are likely to run into situaitons like this all the time. Seeing all these names being touted about makes me cringe, because I currently have really extended orders with a few of the people you are stating as being the best of the bunch. Some of them check in, but it is a once every month or two check in. It should be noted that the sellers in general do not state before purchase that the transactions will go on for months. They often state a completely normal turnaround. This type of thing is something I have learned to deal with, but a newbie could be taken by surprise when his/her item doesn't arrive within the first 30 - 60 days.