Tom your right that we are all taxidermist but I was taught to be a taxidermist you better know how to prep and tan hides. I send hides off but I also tan some of my own as well but I actually pickle my hides, I don't just throw them in an alledged miracle solution and call them tanned either. Everyone should want to learn and be able to tan like pros, we still call ourselves professionals in this industry so just how professional are we? : Tanning is very simple and "because I've been there" I to know that anyone can do it if they try or are taught how to properly do it. If you are loosing hides from tanning maybe it isn't your tanning you need to work on, maybe it's your prep work. I don't see how anyone would loose a bunch of hides or "most" of the time loose hides trying to tan like a "PRO" because as I stated it is a simple process and easy to do. : You know the Geico commercials... So easy even a caveman can do it. Well it is. Good Luck Andy and I hope when you read all these post that you are able to get something out of them as well.