Wow! Gorgeous Stubben, GH!
I could never afford a new quality saddle. But then why would I, when I can find the same quality in an old saddle, at a fraction of the price, with leather that doesn't squeak
. I'm fondest of the old German saddles: Passier, Stubben (with the softer seats), Kloster beim Schonthal, and AG Felsbach (might be Swiss?).
First my baby, a 1977 Passier VS. It's in mint condition. I got it for $300 including shipping.
Second my latest, a 1980 Passier VS. It has more wear, but everything is good and solid. I got it for $70 ($105 including shipping and conditioning products I used to restore it).
And my daughters' pony-club Collegiate from the late '70s. Got it for $120 including shipping. It had new billets and new foam panels.
Keep those old saddles alive and kickin'.