Scott, I don't think you really DO understand. Most vintage hats are worth a max ( and I mean MAX) of $300. To use the example of this hat in question that to repair 20 moth bites would most likely take 10 hours ( at best) , not be able to guarantee that they will be invisible, spend approx $300 in moth bite repair only ( 10 hrs @$30 per.) and still only have a hat worth $85 on the open market. The owner then thinks he got ripped off, is unsatisfied with the end result because it doesn't look absolutely new, and starts badmouthing the hatter doing the work.And the reason is probably that vintage hats just aren't worth enough to make the profit from repair offset the profit lost through shoddy work (or finicky hat collectors' requirements). I understand it, I just think there's a need gap that could be filled.
Been there, done that, no Thank you. If YOU can make it so that it becomes cost effective I would support your every effort in that direction and would help you with start-up equipment. I will teach you whatever I know that will help so that you can take this task on.
Unless you are willing to do this though, your words sound only like whining. I understand your frustration as I also want what I want at a price I want to pay getting perfect work in a very short time but that isn't reality.
I would not have responded to this thread Scott but your words seem to be directed at me not doing much repair work. I'm sure there are other hatters out there that use their name only but I can't think of any that are active on this board so I'm assuming your barbs are headed this way. RLK has stated a big part of the problem better than I can and I would ask you to try to step into my ( or any other hatters) shoes to see what we contend with as far as requests and demands. There is a reason I chose my signature line.