After about a year of thought I arrived at my frame of choice.
It's on order and I wanted to wait until it arrived before I announced it but frankly I just could not wait.
The company is called Pake (pronounced pah-kay) and the frame is a "c'mute."
You can have a look at it here.
I will post pics of mine when it arrives but I do expect it to be a few weeks yet.
I wanted steel.
I wanted a unique name brand (in these parts Surly, Soma, Civia and Salsa all qualified).
I wanted room for a slightly wider tire, but above 35c wasn't necessary.
I wanted the frame to be adaptable with lots of braze on choices.
I wanted the frame to fit.
In the end I went with the Pave Mint colour in the 60cm (largest) size.
It's certainly an affordable frame (I needed to consider that) that is also supposed to be modelled after the success of the Cross-Check. I haven't yet learned if the "c" in "c'mute" is hard or soft so I don't know if its a "K'mute" or a "See'mute." Something I'd like to find out.
I hope I won't be disappointed with it. I am making this purchase after a lot of research but no actual experience with the frame.