I did both, through Bender at BPL and through the Kookabay site.
The BPL was over a few weeks, no reply, and the Kookabay a few days.
This is likely not his day job though, so I understand. People have priorities and hobbies should sometimes take a back seat. It's too bad though because I'd really like a 14 oz R4 pad.
I still have a couple of weeks.