Your question of leaps and bounds better than a TC... depends what you are looking for. Locks are faster and more reliable. Triggers are much better, both guns are right at 1 lb. set, 4 lbs. unset. Very crisp either way. And the unset is still better than any factory gun I have shot, even TCs and Pedersoli's. And both have been transition guns until I decided what I really wanted. First is Early Lancaster style, second is Early Va. And I am glad I went that route. Not knowing what style you want, you really need to handle, and possibly shoot before you decide. After shooting them, I won't have another factory gun.
I have not purchased one new from Matt Avance (TVM), however I had one and currently have one. I got this one first, used, had a few nicks and scratches in the browning, and too light complected, so I had a local builder resurface it. It's a .54 cal. 30" Colerain barrel, L&R Classic lock, Davis triggers. It shot well, and was a nice handling gun. But it was kind of short for my taste. I wanted a longrifle, so I parted with it when the next one came along.
Next One to come along is also a .54 cal., 42" Long Hammock octagon to round barrel, L&R Classic lock, Davis triggers, and for me it shoots better because of the longer sight picture, plus not muzzle heavy at all, and balances quite well. The triggers are so nice on this one, with the Jaeger style set trigger, I am having the same put on a recently ordered J.P. Beck from a local builder. Not sure if that is HC/PC, but will be for me! I say nice because I use my ring finger for the set, which keeps the index finger at the front trigger. If a quick shot, You are not spending time moving your finger from one to the other. However, this one will probably go also. Not because it is a bad gun, but because it will not get shot when the Beck comes in. And I don't keep guns that won't get shot. And just to add a $$ comment, neither broke the 4 figure price point. Both are plainer maple, no carving or PB, so price was not crazy. Got the midget from Ft. Chambers, got the longrifle off of ALR's classifieds from a gent in Bedford, who met me at the Fort.