The Lang is drafty and overlarge, with sizing and framing suited to mass-produced, forced honey production--and to fostering many bee diseases and parasites. Any claim that it's fundamentally well-suited to honey bee biology is delusional. That it's an industrial-scale device with 99% market share (huh...for now) in no way makes it even close to ideal for small-scale or back yard beekeeping.
No way. Warré's core philosophy was to make beekeeping once more accessible to everyday folks. Despite a few small-scale and amateur woodworkers now offering Warré products, most are still homemade. And please keep your OT digs at Americans to yourself.... Industry standards have also created added expense over the years (and the same will certainly happen with tbh's as they gain popularity... North Americans cannot support themselves and their habits without making a fair amount of money...
Not there yet, thank goodness. There's loads left to be developed, rationally and by trial and error, and rushing once again into another standardization paradigm would be badly premature. There are today many exciting, ongoing hive developments and beek methods that deviate firmly from Lang-era orthodoxy, so if this is what you mean by pioneer, then yes, it's a good time to be getting into the craft....I imagine, that the industry will soon expand to sell the Lang, the ktbh, the ttbh, and the Warre all side by side. They have the network of suppliers and the eyes of the consumers....But for now, it seems like a bit a pioneer period again.