I think their is some validity in what both partys are saying. It reminds me of a man I knew who is no longer with us who was a luthier, he was unfortunately a gifted man with a flaw, he loved the fruit of the grape. When he was his sober self he turned out some wonderful instruments but when he had enjoyed the grape to much which in his later years was an all to common event he ruined things on a regular basis and eventually destroyed his reputation. I still miss him and would still be taking some repair work to him, why? Because he was a human being with flaws just like the rest of us, and sometimes forgiving each other of these flaws and mistakes are the best thing that we can do.
I don't know that this applies to Alan Hamel at all, I do know I personally have gotten some really good pickups and a couple of so-so sets which I think is pretty much the norm when you are handwinding pickups or building guitars one at a time.
I wish Alan the best , we always seem to want more and sometimes we just don't need it, so I will continue to enjoy the Hamel's Ive got
and not think about the one's I did'nt get . Season Greetings to all