Say what you will, but it is being made by a third party. That can be good or bad, but it is not the craftsmanship work of the actual creator. If that is how you want to look at it. Will Pablo do a better job than Mike Soldano? Who knows. I love my Diezel Herbert, hopefully they wont go that route. I know they make the cabs with that company.
Point is, should the cost be the same if it is not truly ’boutique’? Can you classify a third party a boutique? I despise anything China and avoid if at all possible. At least this is in the USA. For now.