Saw this and thought I would give an update...
I emailed back and forth with John in the Peterson Shop for a few days and I am sure he was getting very annoyed with me as I kept asking why I wasn't able to order a different shape, or at least one of the shapes shown on the webpage. The ones he was offering me varied, and many were not on the Peterson page as part of the Father's Day line. I am still not sure why some were available and others weren't if they were indeed custom orders. Seems like if it was a custom order they could make one. Apparently it was limited to the bowls they currently had available in that finish or something.
Anyway, still not understanding, I was thoroughly dejected as I REALLY had my heart set on a 999. My son is due in July and this pipe will be put up until my first "official" Father's Day in 2013. It will be smoked only on his birthday and Father's Day, set aside until his first Father's Day, and I will pass it along to him. As I said, I REALLY had my heart set on a 999, but was going to order another shape just so I could have one.
John emailed me one morning that he had sent out a search crew and they found a 999 in the factory, the last and final one for 2012. To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. I was through the roof! I already have my shipping information and am waiting patiently for this awesome new family piece to arrive.
This goes to show the level of Peterson customer service. John put up with me for several days and went WAY out of his way to help me out. I have always been a Peterson guy, but my loyalty has been secured because of this transaction.