Your thread caught my eye, as you may have seen I just posted a very similar thread
. I am eager to see what other people have to say on your thread, as I'm still learning.
I can definitely sympathize with having to take off a ton of mane- you're brave to go that short! From my very untrained eye, it looks like there are some uneven parts in the middle of his neck, where it's not consistently the same length. But, if you look at my thread and see my (lack of) skills, you can certainly take my comments with a huge grain of salt
I agree with you about that "chopped" scissored look- I used the Solo Comb tool for the first time, and as a few people have pointed out to me, I should have "teased" the hair back more than I did to make it look not so scissor-cut. I've been playing around with cleaning it up this week, and it's getting better, but that was my biggest lesson learned.
Overall, I think your boy looks much more comfortable, I'm sure he appreciates that weight being taken off his neck in this heat!