Is anyone willing to tell me why the DON'T recommend a particular brand? I'm not trying to turn this into a brand slamming thread, but I'm curious if you have had bad experience with some of these brands. Ideally, a saddle is something that should last for quite some time, so if I do end up buying one, I want it to be good. Plus, I like learning these things.
The Brands everyone has Not recommended are from India and Pakistan, they are made with in 95% of the cases with Water Buffalo and Tanned with unmentionable liquids for saying on a Family Forum
The Tree are most often Balsa Wood or Hollow Fiberglas, they use nails and staple that do not have barbs, so they have little or no holding power, the screws the use hold little better, because they screw into cheap trees.
I am not knocking Imports as a rule, but they have a long way to go to even come close to the Cheapest American Made Saddle.