I-Wan, thanks for the good words, you said -
Whatever dispute you have with him should come to a reasonable conclusion
And I'm pretty certain it will in whatever way, As i say i have felt nothing but good vibes from Al, and he seems a most honest and upright chap, the post here really is a forewarned and forearmed type of thing, a just in case safety net, just in case there was the remotest chance that someone might help. I've heard recently that Canadian post is a bit ****, and actually sometime ago i had a cd from Canada appear after over a month, so it's just possible. i'm just very very upset to have this particular item go wayward. It seems I'am hexed as far as this particular item goes, i've been outbid three times tying to get in on Ebay, I've missed one opportunity to find it privately and then finally when i do through Al initialising the 'trade' it goes missing in the post. I just can't seem to win, and it's something I've tried to track down for 3-4 years !
Thanks for the help ppeps.