I have made mention on BF of an LBS that sells second hand (but still servicable) leather saddles for 5 to 10 Euro's a piece. And that i intended to buy some in order to try out some evil experiments. And that is exactly what i did today!
For E 20 i bought an Ideale, a Brooks B66, and a Brooks Champion Flyer S. All of them looked a bit ratty for sure but were in decent condition. If this works out i might try selling it to recoup some expenses.
I hear there are still some people out there pining for an Ideale. But i might also keep it to do some comparison. It sure is lighter than most Brooks and pretty stylish. Ach why did these people go out of business? Anybody know? A pity.
Experiment 1. Refurbish the Ideale (it also had one side rather flared and warped probaby from storage and possibly water). I used the hydro and Proofide method without the flexing with the foot bit. Plus i used my Vice Grip pliers (with some cloth in between) to try and push the flared side inward and upward.
Experiment 2. Soak (and i do mean lots of it) the Flyer in boiled linseed oil! *More evil maniacal Cackling is heard*. Either i will create the most waterproof Brooks in the world or i will die trying and kill my brainchild along with me!!! It lives!! It's Alive i tell you!! Alive!
.... Well actually i don't know yet.. time will tell. I'll keep you posted. I might need my assistant Igor to go out and get me some more Brain(s)...
Experiment 3. Give it the CHOP! I though i'd try the cutting and reshaping as posted by others here. Most likely i will cut the B66 or the Flyer, not likely the Ideale.
I'll let you guys know how it works out and might try to include some pictures.