Robo - do you have a breeder you particluarly like?
Actually, I don't.
I have dealt with many of the well know breeders at one time or another, and have no complaints. I did get a drone laying queen once, but the breeder provided a replacement with no questions.
Most are family owned/run and are good honest folks.
This year I got some carniolan-cross queens from Indian Summer that were nice and dark and are doing fine. I also have some northern queens on order from David Eyre.