I spoke with Pirate earlier this week. He is alive, well and working his a** off on some rather tricky builds other than the RPD's. He's apparently all lined up to do the next RPD run (mine included) just as soon as his receivers come in. He won't accept them unless they are perfectly up to his specs, so it's taking time. My experience with him is that he won't put his name on anything second rate, so I'm willing to wait, as it has always turned out great in the end qualitywise.
Just my 2 cents.