I have to agree with SueNH. Around here at auctions you can get a brand new Double TT saddle for $250 to $300. A well built, quality saddle can last you a lifetime if cared for properly. The fact that those saddles you have seen at the barrel shows are looking that worn out is a red flag. They just shouldn't be looking that bad after a couple of years of use. I too own saddles that are 30 plus years old and are still in great shape, and they
have been ridden in a lot.