First off, my daughter loves her Leon Paul gear - this is not a question or shot about quality or satisfaction once the gear arrives - but does is normally take a really, really, really long time for Leon Paul to ship stuff? We've now placed two orders and both times its been over a month before anything ships. Last November, we placed an order though our local fencing club for a completed kit of FIE foil and epee gear. After a month of waiting (and with no communication from Leon Paul) the club pinged them and found out one item was out of stock and keeping the $2000+ of gear from shipping. We happily subbed a different color of the same item and the order finally shipped. Five weeks ago, I order a complete epee along with some odds and ends (springs, screws, nuts, etc.) and nothing has yet shipped. I ping Leon Paul (again, I had to initiate the conversation) and the epee grip is out of stock. So, are long lead times, frequently being out-of-stock, and no communication from Leon Paul the norm? I hope not and I hope that I have thus far just been unlucky. My daughter loves her LP gear (as evidenced by the re-order of the epee), but man am I getting frustrated with them... Best of luck, --S.F.