Okay. I'm going to call it quite with Trevor James saddlery. If communication is going to be that bad then I don't know what else is going to end up being that bad. I don't even know if I would get my saddle if they're THIS incompetent when it comes to emailing. This frustrates me to no end, because he has the exact saddle I want, for a relatively good price, and relatively good quality compared to others in that price range. I shouldn't have to ask a question 3 times before getting the most basic answer that could possibly be typed out sent back to me.
Which brings me back to square one. *sigh* What I'm getting out of looking around is that I'm not going to get an Aussie saddle in my price range that's good quality, let alone one in the style that I love. So I'm going to have to settle with something lesser. I guess I'll probably look for a used DownUnder or something - not the best quality, but not the worst. In my price range. I notice that I don't really care for the halfbreed saddles, the way they look - I like having the flaps underneath the fenders. I thought about looking for a stock saddle that I could switch the leathers out with fenders. Is that a thing? Interchangeable leg fenders/leathers? That would make this searching so much easier. I found a few with the mounted stirrup bar, which seems like it would make them changeable.... But. I don't know.
Part of me also thinks I should just wait, because if I buy a saddle now and find one later I won't want to buy it, having just bought one! But, my saddle hurts to ride in, and I'd really like a replacement. So. I'm guessing a used non-Australian-made stock is going to have to be my option here unless I can magically win the lottery (Or drop out of school... Which is not happening).
Bottom of the line: I have googled SO MANY different things that I think I must have looked at EVERY Australian saddle maker that has a website. They are all beyond what I can afford 9although very nice). I would love to have a legitimate Australian made saddle some day, but until then I guess I can settle for one I don't care for as much. As long as it doesn't hurt me to ride in, It's better than what I've got now.