Hello, I dropped off my elk hide, head and antlers to be mounted at a local taxidermist. Not on here just to complain but want your guys honest opinion on how to proceed and what my best options are now. At the time of drop off I asked him if I could get a detachable antler setup to get mount in the house and I was told it was not necessary and that the mount would fit. Upon going home I questioned this advice and measured the space the mount needed to pass through - it was a 36 inch wide hallway so I texted him with the measurements and asked him to verify if the mount would actually fit. He said it would fit and not be an issue. Well long story short the smallest dimension is 40 inches wide and is not close to fitting where I need it go (elk is a 6x6 measuring approx. 324 inches). My buddy is encouraging me to get a removable antler with square type pin at base of one of the antlers, but the taxidermist said that wouldn't work due to the size and weight of the antlers and my best option would be to saw off an antler point or two to get it into its space then reattached with pin and glue. What would you guys do in this case? (I was also told I would have to pay extra for any more work done, but I feel like the job wasn’t done to customer request and a potential swap out of capes leaves me feeling even less inclined to pay anything more than what I already have). Also my cape looks different than what I dropped off, the one I dropped off had a nice dark neck and the mount is much lighter and hide appears shorter. Also I tubed out my hide, which he was happy about (less sewing he said) but the mount I received is stitched up from the head all the way to the back of the mount. I asked if the cape lightens or changes appearance - the taxidermist said no but it looks significantly different to me. Apparently my hide got misplaced at the tanners for a few weeks with the bear hides but they got it back is what I'm told. I'll attach some pictures, but what do you think - does the cape lighten and change appearance with the tanning and mounting process or did I get a different cape of another (younger?) elk? This is my first shoulder mount and feel somewhat disappointed and discouraged. Any advice is greatly appreciated!