I was just wondering if there is any advantage to using a soft broken cape, like you get from a tannery, in mounting heads vs. using a cape that is tanned, but relatively hard. In other words, skipping the breaking phase in tanning. It seems like they would lose their softness anyhow once they were rehydrated so I can't see any difference. I was wondering if there would be less shrinkage or any other affect. So anyhow I thought I'd ask the pros...
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It would remand soft.
I imagine tanneries do it this way because they have really nice large tumblers to clean, soften, and dry their capes. Most of my capes I do myself. They dry out really hard after tanning because I skip the breaking phase, but they rehydrate and mount up fine. I've mounted a few from tanneries and they seem to mount up exactly the same. Just wondering if there could be any differences over the long haul. Just curious.