Meh. Not worth arguing with you. I simply stated that the additional cost CAN be worth it. Anyhow, I do not need you to feel bad for me. I'm quite content with my situation, but thanks for your concern.
Were these MTOs on one of the two "standard" lasts available for the shoes you were ordering? Perhaps this is the difference as I nearly always request a non standard last or a special leather, sole or welt.I haven't ordered as many EGs in the last 1.5 years as I am focused on bespoke now, but of the 5 MTOs I received during this time only one pair arrived anywhere near 9 months in time. Maybe I've been unlucky.