I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT I GOT IT!!!!!
I don't have the time to go into much detail right now but let me just say this: THIS HAT IS A BEAUT!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
The first thing I did when taking it out of the box was inspect every inch of it. The felt is second to none. It is by far the softest and smoothest felt I have ever felt (pun intended). Fixing up the bash was remarkably easy... that just shows how soft the felt is. I love it! And the sweatband,... the sweatband!!!! I can't believe it's leather... it's so soft! When I put it on not only was the fit SPOT on but I didn't even feel the hat on my head! That's when you know that the hat is perfect in every way!
Thank you so very much Marc and Stefan!!! You can be assured this hat will get worn... and worn A LOT!
So there's not much more that I can tell any of you about this hat besides how great it is! And even that will not fully inform you unless you have one of Marc (and Stefan's) masterpieces in front of you! I have been wearing my AB Deluxe pretty much everyday expect for a few days where I decided to wear my Penman Raiders instead.
John Penman used to tell me that once I received my AB Deluxe that I won't want to wear his hats very much anymore because Marc's felt is just that great! I thought that was just absurd! John makes some REALLY FANTASTIC hats! Well when I got my AB Deluxe I knew what John meant. Marc's felt is simply to die for! It's as soft as the felt that John and Steve use, but it feels more substantial, and Marc pounced the felt into a velvet-like finish. It's so incredibly smooth that I just keep running my hands across it. It's a problem.
I would just like to say that I am not knocking John and Steve's felt. Not at all. The felt they use is GREAT- and I will not hesitate to order more hats from them in the future (I even have a hat on order from BOTH of them!).
I just got back from Winona, Minnesota today with my fiancee and while we were at a park she decided to snap a couple of pics of me wearing my other pride and joy (the AB Deluxe!). I then got the idea to have my bride-to-be sport this fine lid while I took some close up shots of it in the sun. So here ya go!