I catch heck for suggesting this saddle maker a lot because he's not one of the big names and he sells his saddles on Ebay for very affordable prices, but I've bought from him twice now and really like his saddles. You'll find him under Rider's Choice on Ebay. He's AMERICAN, located in Alabama, and he and his crew handmake all their saddles. He has several in stock and all his prices include shipping or you can ask him to make one for you with specific requests. My first barrel saddle was an in stock purchase. I needed a backup saddle because I was working with a greenie who had a bucking past and I didn't want my nice saddle ruined due to an "incident". With shipping I paid $425 and it was brand new, ralide tree, warranty, and just a simple, solid saddle without a ton of flash. A year later, I had to sell my brand name barrel saddle due to fitting issues and went back to Ebay to find another Rider's Choice. This time I had one built from scratch. I actually talked to the guy and worked out the details with him. It had a little more flare to it because it was from his specialty line, GW Crate, but still, I ended up with another really nice barrel saddle with a 10 yr warranty for $749 brand new and shipped. I'm all for buying a nice used Circle Y, Billy Cook or Tex Tan, but it IS possible to find a new AMERICAN made saddle for under $600. He also has trail saddles, ropers, cutters, tack, etc. Granted they are not your $2000-3000+ custom builds that take 6 months to make but for us little guys who can't afford a ton for a new saddle but want American, he's definitely an option. I attached some pics. These were taken when they were brand new. They do break in nicely and the rough out takes on a more natural color after a while. I did have to turn the stirrups but that was the only alteration I had to make. Good luck! Buying a new saddle can be exciting and frustrating all at the same time.
My first one. Paid $425 new, shipped to the door. He usually always has these in stock, but will build you one if your size isn't available on Ebay. 100_2356.jpg 49c703fd26301050963e07f2db8aa5d6_full.jpg
The GW Crate, also by Riders Choice, but their custom build line. $749 shipped. 100_3076.jpg 0620131742.jpg