::EDIT: The mods deleted a few threads including where a member asked the differences between the brakes so my apologies for the confusion. My response to him is below::
I used to offer carbon parts through another vendor and kept to the all carbon, or all black look for nearly 20 years. When I stopped carrying that line I sought out vendors that might be interested in making a custom version of their product for me. This not only helped in knowing who was selling what but made my line more exclusive as one could mate a X part with cL branding here, and a X part with cL branding there. A carbonLORD package if you will.
When I first approached Ted it was to have a custom GSL made with my logo. At the time he offered stainless steel hardware, including the quick release lever and silver barrel adjuster.
I asked if it were possible to have anodized black alloy lever and adjuster to save some weight and set my "cL" product appart from the rest of the Ciamillo line up and he agreed.
Shortly after, Ted decided he liked the all black look and the reduced 3g aspects from stainless steel hardware and started offering his GSL with the same features.
As of now, the only difference between the GSL he offers and what I offer are the logo.
Fast forward to the Micro. This project was originally intended to look completely different, I have the original CAD drawings but cannot share them obviously. I imagine either the design was not the way he wanted it, or he is saving it for a revised Gravitas SL one day. Regardless what ended up coming to market was a modified GSL through way of updating the cam itself.
By adding the adjustability factor on the Micro Cam, it added a few grams of weight. To offset this Ted drilled out the holes on the caliper arm and kept the weight within the original spec, that 3g difference anyway.
The reality is that the micro cam itself can be fitted on any current generation GSL or Gravitas SL, if you need the functionality and swap between wide and narrow rims. All of the distributors sell the micro cam upgrade kit as a stand alone package as well.
Rather then take on the drilled out look which held no place for my logo, I instead decided to offer the same brake, with the new cam for those that require it.
Ted has made limited runs of the GSL before, the Red Devil, the TCR LTD blue for Giant TCR Advance SL and a few teams in between. We have had a solid, albeit rocky relationship over the last year primarily due to the crank issues which, like i said once ironed out I will carry the model again. I have Gravitas cranks with my logo on them as well, to match the brakes and package I offer.
To answer your question, aside of a logo and some drilled out holes they are the same product. You just have to decide if you like the drilled out look or the cL logo and while the Micro has a MSRP of $400-$450, I offer the cL GSL with Micro Cam for slightly less.
I also stock both black and all white models of the Mico in the event customers prefer them instead.
I was in the process of using other companies to make custom cL branded parts for me, which is why I am in Europe but have switched gears to a new project which I cannot really talk about just yet, but I will continue to support Ciamillo as long as he is interested in making custom branded items for me.
I agree Ted may not be the most business savvy individual but he is a downright good guy and a brilliant engineer. Myself as well as a lot of other vendors he works with want him to keep moving forward and our hopes are that once he is caught up on orders, crank revisions and the entire other project he works on, the Lunocet, things will be back to normal for everyone.
Ted has always supported my ideas, thus i support his brand, even on my cycling kit.
I'm not here to sell anything but when a person has questions on where to obtain these parts, they should be fully aware what it is they are buying and how accessible it is. That is why I suggest people look for the distributor in their area. Being that I live in Amsterdam and Chicago I obviously have a bit more reach then the French or other vendors but the real issue for many has been going direct which is why I continue to support the dealer network and that obviously includes me.
If anyone is interested in a Ciamillo product I'm sure they know how to reach us. If anyone is having difficulty reaching Ted, I have on many occasions gone to bat for them and facilitated a warranty or communication regardless if they were a customer of mine.
I trust everyone will get what they paid for in due time. Ted is not a thief and he is not running away with your money. All he asks is that you be patient with him through the growing pains.
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk business.