Russ > you make a good point. Might I suggest a Waterford. Beautiful lugged frame. About $2200 frame/fork to start and they go way way up.
Already own a Waterford 1200. Made from the finest steel ever made by man. Reynolds 753. Short point lugs. Candy red color. Beautiful. My favorite bike. But I'm not sure I would go for one of Waterfords touring bikes. The Adventure Cycle 1900 anyway. Its too nice. Maybe the TIG welded T-14 would be okay. Its less nice. When I've toured my bike took some abuse. Airline flights in cardboard boxes. Turned upside down or on the side. Leaning against stuff and falling over while on tour. For a touring bike I want a utilitarian bike without any niceness or flash to it.