Honestly I've sat in both a brand new BC (TX made) and a brand new Tex Tan side by side at a tack shop and the Tex Tax was way more comfortable to me, hands down. I'm not saying that the BC was bad because when I was shopping, I was actually eyeballing the BC because it was a little cheaper than the Tex Tan, but sitting in both is all it took for me to make up my mind. Unfortunately the Tex Tan ended up not fitting my horse so I had to sell it, but to this day, I've never sat in a more comfortable barrel saddle (of the ones I've tried....I'm sure there are other very comfy ones :) ) Now that I know my mare requires a pretty wide tree, I'm curious to try a Circle Y some time. They seem to run wider from what I've seen. I ride in a Rider's Choice brand barrel saddle now which is a nice little saddle, but I also ride in a Simco trail saddle and it's way more comfy. :) But yea, for what you'll have to spend to repair the damaged one, I wouldn't spend more than $200 on it if that. The first one is nice but you can find them on ebay
in that shape or better for $400-500 all day long.