I came across this interview with Robin Thorn tonight. Interesting discussion ranging over many of the old chestnuts: aluminium or steel, Rohloff or derailler, panniers or trailer etc. But added in were some good thoughts about value for money and expectations, and best of all why people are taking to touring more and more and where they go touring. I enjoyed it.
I only spoke with Robin once myself, over the phone when specifying a Thorn Raven at the time. I remember he was very patient and keen to understand what I wanted: even at the point when I took fright and decided not to go ahead! He must have left a good impression, however, as I was back a couple of years later and the deal was done!