Thorowgoods are a lot more expensive in the US. I found a used Passier Comet II for $550. I think that is a great deal and a good saddle for high withers because it's so cut back. Anyone have one of these or know anything about them? I think I have convinced the seller to let me return it if it does not work for me, so I don't see the harm in giving it a try, especially for that price! I was looking at spending a lot more than that on a lesser quality, new saddle.. so if this works out I will be very happy!
If you get the serial number that's stamped on the billet guard on that Passier, you can email Passier at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and a very helpful, knowledgable gentleman will respond within 24-48 hours with the seat size, tree size, model number and manufacturing month and year. Note that about 80% of Passiers are a medium width. Between the wide gullet, short points, and the cutback pommel, they just seem to fit a decent range of shapes. The Passier I use on a shark-finned TB is a medium.
A friend of mine has a Comet from the late '60s (still a solid tree with supple leather - gotta love German craftsmanship)). I ride her horse in it, and I love it. It has lots of support without the blocks getting in the way of communicating with the horse. I know they still make the Comet, and I assume it's gone through a few design iterations over the decades, though.
BTW, my daily-rider Passier is a 1976 model. It's in mint condition and I paid $300 including shipping. The flocking was horrid, so by the time I had it reflocked and slathered it up with a tub of leatherbalm, I had put $600 into it, if that gives you a price reference point. I felt I got a good deal. The price on yours is or isn't a good deal depending on the year it was made and the condition. Without knowing either, that price is not at all bad for a Passier.