carroll wrote:For $55.00 i dont have much to loose.
You have about $80.00 to lose. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, (for example: neck is too large), and you go with a (for example) Lost Battalions M-37 for $350.00, you will have spent $430.00.
I have spent more on un-satisfactory boots, than two pair of Mattimore's would cost. I have spent on re-pro e-tools, enough to have purchased (and wisely invested) one original 2WW German e-tool. Yes, you could spend as much on one LB tunic as five Pirschens, but at that point, $400.00 is $400.00. Does it matter if you spent it on one tunic or five? Look at it this way: would you rather receive as a present one Janke Feldbluse, or seven Pirschens?
I work in the entertainment industry. I am involved in Seven Years' War, War of American Independence, War of 1812, American Civil War, Great War, 2WW, and recently Iraq War. I need a variety of "costumes." I have, and am pleased with, my "At The Front" M-40 (although I now think it's a bit long), My "Der Stahladler" 1940s LW Tropical uniform, and my Pirschen M-43 Mantel. However, if 2WW were my one true passion
! That über
-over-used word!), I would have one beaten and battered, torn and patched, Janke Feldbuse, and one spanking Waffenrock.
After looking at shirts for three or four years, I spent the extra money on a Lost Battalions KM Bordmütze, and two tropical shirts. I had two ATF tropical shirts for the price of one LB, but the collar and construction just didn't seem right (too American), but that's for another thread.
I am in no way against Pirschen. We want good-quality kit at easier to acquire prices. We must also realise that, as Oskar Schindler's script writer says, "Nice things cost money." Quality materials, quality construction, and quality know-how increase the cost of production. The Janke company may not suffer, but realise that the re-enactor market may see a time when we can no longer get Janke Feldblusen, because it is no ;longer economically feasible to manufacture them when the demand no longer warrants production. Price also increases with demand. Maybe Janke will eventually lower their prices. These are just points to consider.
Time for my methylphenidate,