I think Tony's timing was perfect as to his retiring, just before Covid hit.
I have a MS-12 which has the same body as your baritone. Such an amazing tone from a 12-string guitar. :)
A year after buying it used I bought a brand new Talus VS-12 from Tony. Both are amazing instruments. :aok
It is possible for only one or two areas of one fret to be high, especially on brand new factory-made instruments. Have you had your tech check for any high frets and level them to take care of any such issues?
I'd only met Rick a couple of times and spoke on the phone with him occasionally. He was always generous with his time and expertise, and I owned a couple of his basses, a RB4-FL and RB5-FL.
Here are a couple of many recordings I've made with those two basses.