Concho question... brands
Aight. So. I have these two older Rusty Andrew/M&R barrel saddles. Whirling Oak leaf and acorns on one, the other is an all over acorn/oak leaf tooling, no whirl, but has the really deep tooling. I mean these things both look carved more than tooled.
Both have a classy old school look to them.
The Whirling Oak saddle is missing a single concho, a clear edge floral. I thought I had some of the same quality and pattern as take-offs from an older Double J I had, but nope. They're a rope edge. I can get a single clear edge from Montana Silversmith.
The other saddle, however, is missing ALL it's conchos. Someone has stuck a couple of partrade steer head and barbed wire conchos on it, so it has two, and they just look cheap on this saddle (I've put them on rough out ranch saddles and ropers before and they look pretty good on that kind of saddle. They certainly appealed to the younger ropers and ranch hand sorts. On the Rusty Andrew's saddle? Cheap).
I'm wanting to go back with old school classy conchos on it. My problem is the 'old school' florals are getting harder to find. Tandy, Conchoworld (Or whatever it is), ebay, amazon, Hilason, Teskeys, even Double J are going to some pretty gaudy conchos and I've seen the bedazzled berry type conchos till I'm sick of them. I actually have three or four sets of those, in really pretty colors, and I'm just saving them for the right saddle to flip... this one ain't it. I'm also running into wildly varying quality on conchos... the last few I ordered in were tinny and just generally poorly made.
So. I've ran across Hansen conchos... and I REALLY like what I'm seeing. Does anyone have any experience with them? How long do they look nice, etc? I've found a saddle set of their Oklahoma pattern (A nice old school floral with a slow twist rope edge) for 80.00. I did the math last night, that's about what a full set of Montana Silversmith will run me.
Anyone know of any brands of equal quality and cost to those two? (Montana and Hansen?) I'm not looking for trendy... I'm needing classy for this saddle and it's going dark with oiling, so I want the bright silver on it to give it some pop.
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