I was just going over the saddles that Chuck offers and they seem to be a real value for the money. Most people don't know how much a saddle costs to make so I thought I would try to show some basic figures and just parts costs for a custom saddle maker. I buy Herman Oak leather and the best bullhide covered tree's that are available. Just the parts for the average saddle will cost me between $650-800 depending on the style and type of saddle. Add labor to build the saddle, tooling, silver, special seats(inlaid padded ect) and you see why you can pay $1500-2000 for a plain rigg and the sky's the limit for your dreams.
Factory saddle company's have ways of keeping costs down.Certain companys are better than others but if recomended by a professional have lots of value for the money. I write this because I just came from a roping this weekend and some of the ropers were gigging me over the high cost of custom roping saddles. They had no concept of the basic costs just to start the build. Steve