I am reporting on my experience with Barry and DP - leaving the interpretation of meaning to the forum at large:
Background: On January 13th I found out I might be traveling to Amsterdam and Essen, Germany which brought me tantalizingly close to DP HQ and MFG. I reached out to Barry (Full disclosure: I have high interest in TBL but do not have a deposit down) to see if it would be possible to drop in and, hopefully, flip a few balls. Much to my surprise, I received a very quick(20 minutes) and very positive reply- welcoming me to come by. I was clear with Barry that my hidden agenda was to get to play the game and that I would be happy to report on my visit to this forum. He was fine with that and suggested I do so after I visit.
As the time approached I lined up my very busy Dutch business associate to detour by DP on our way back from Essen to Amsterdam. All the while I kept up an active dialogue with a still very inviting Barry. He told me he was going to be at the MFG facility on the day of my visit(Thursday) and said to call when on the way. I emailed him to let him know I was headed to his facility; gave him my associates number in case he needed to call; and headed to DP.
Along the way we called Barry's cell 3-4x with no pick-up. We got to the address and found no signage. Luckily a few guys were coming out of the building. When asked about DP, one of them said to follow-him and he took us inside.
Inside, no one from DP was to be found. My associate, being the clever guy he is, texted Barry to say he was at the facility and wanted to buy a machine. He received an immediate return call.
My associate explained that he was with me; Barry said he was not there because to took ill(my associate said he sounded fine) but that someone else from DP should be there (that was not the case)
The facility was a large, modern steel sided building. They clearly were actively manufacturing something. I was not at liberty to walk around, but can say that there were no TBL's visible and nothing that looked like the parts to assemble one; nor anything that looked like an assembly line.
I would have, at the least, expected an apology email from Barry - but none received.
I am reporting this to the best of my recollection and leaving any interpretation or emotions out of it. As I agreed to do with Barry, this is my post visit report