I want to purchase an used SMM Wade saddle and it's the first time I hear about this brand. The reviews are nice:
I'd like to know your opinion. Is it a good brand or not? It says it's hand-made in USA.
To me it looks tacky and cheap but the prices must be high for some reasons! The leather looks stiff and the glossy varnish makes me think it's painted not dyed. Also, I don't see many website and/or google images for their stuff. It really doesnt seem popular. Another thing that rings my bell is the MRSP for used SMM that is really low... for 2 yrs old saddles, barely used, with a starting price of 2600$ new, it sells for 200$-400$... there must be something wrong!
Here's the stirrup of the saddle I want, the way you see the color strokes over the leather makes me think it was painted on with a stiff bristles brush...