Hmm. Bubba13, do you feel the same way about the Billy Cooks from Sulpher, OK?
I have never actually seen one in person, but I have seen good photos of them on eBay (not just catalog photos) and they look really nice. I really do want a quality saddle. I am tired of getting junk.
Tinyliny, yeah, I know it's heavy. I figure the saddle I'm using now, which I really like, is around 40 lbs. I guess after lots of saddle shopping I have just come to the conclusion that a quality saddle is going to be heavy. And I really would like a Wade, or at least an A-fork, because I really like the one I have. Also, if I did have to sell it at some point, everyone around here seems to be ropers/ranchers, so it is easier to resell a ranch/roping saddle, vs. something like a lady wade or trail saddle.
I was going to take a chance on Corriente, because for the price they seem really nice, but after calling the company, I just don't know. All I wanted is a slick seat, round-skirted Wade saddle in a 17" seat. I can get that from Billy Cook and many other places, but Corriente acted like that would be a custom order that couldn't be returned if I didn't like it. They could sell me a rough-out with round skirts, or a smooth seat with square skirts and it would be returnable. But not a smooth seat with round skirts. They really didn't seem to want my business so I gave up on ordering from them (I had contacted them 3 times).
So that's why I've turned to Billy Cook. I don't know about Tesky's. I'm honestly not familiar with them.
The first and second Wade saddle I ordered was from Rider's Choice. I LOVE the first one. So I ordered a second one. It looks like the person who put it together was not very skilled. So I would be taking a chance ordering from them again too.
For under $1000 I will take a chance on a less common brand. But for over $1000 the saddle better be pretty darn close to perfect and well fitting and high quality. $1400 is really, really, really stretching my budget.
I guess I was hoping if I stretched my budget for a Billy Cook it would be my lifetime saddle. But maybe I have unrealistic expectations.