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.
Edited by jerrybrowne - 1/4/14 at 2:23am