So that means you get a custom $850 rod designed the way you want it, with a "Renaissance Rods" rod tube and sock for $750 + shipping. And I get an evaluation of a 2 weight taper I have never built before. The taper looks good on paper, but as they say "The proof is in the pudding". Plus I'll throw in a kicker: If you absolutely hate the rod, I'll buy it back. Only difference in the rod and my one off customs is I am not willing to put your name on the rod. If you hate it and I have to buy it back, removing your name will cost me several hours and I would have to completely re-do the finish.
The only thing needed up front is a deposit for the components. Just like any of my other builds, the deposit is completely refundable until I order the components.
I've tossed in a few pictures of stripping agates to tempt you. That's right I am rotten to the core. Rod could be ready for Christmas if all goes right ;-)