dayne wrote:$1000 or less, no where in the western world.
A tube set alone is $300-$400,
a very cheap paint job is $350
This leaves a builder $250 to build it over 2 days at $15hr
May be you could try Colossi through gear shop,
Made in china but pretty good quality but still over $1000
Or go tig not lugged, or try the eBay game for a vintage 650b
For reference, an off-the peg Colossi TIG-welded Columbus Zona road frame (without forks), with any colour & decal arrangement you want, is $635 including shipping from Brisbane to Canberra. I have a Colossi on order at the moment.
They do custom in straight 4130 Cro-mo as well as Columbus tubing, so there might be an option there, but they are made OS.