I sent off three straws to try out Falcon Park Hattery's services and am well pleased with the results. Mostly, was looking for new sweatbands, and opted for light colored to avoid sweat-staining via the leather's dye. Take a look:
First is a Hopkins that I won off a lounger, and it did not take me long before my noggin knocked the sweatband half out of it.
The next was a loser of a Montecristi, relatively low WPSI, never finished, never had a sweatband, one of the dangers of buying from a seller that does not show a pic of the underside of the hat! It was in just an optimo crown with a big wide brim, some damage in the straw. Parker Melvin made a passable Gambler out of it, looks fairly nice.
Third was a Pedigree Optimo that was seen by several folks at Monteagle in March. Not a top-end Pedigree, but the best quality weave of the 3 hats. The sweatband was disintegrating onto my forehead, so I wanted a replacement and asked for re-block, try to get some more width in the brim, and a new ribbon:
Not bad at all, intend to send him some more business soon, maybe this mode edge won recently, it needs a new ribbon, sweatband is ok.: