I bought most of my JC in the 90's. I lived in the NW and was able to go to Hareline just about anytime I wanted. All those capes came from Taylor in Europe. I now shop eBay like a hawk. I've gotten some capes @$50 that are money. I only pay top dollar for capes with uniquely shaped nails. Otherwise I'm a $50 a cape guy. I can't afford the materials I used to buy. Mortgages have killed my fly tying budget.
No need to thank me Matt, you have great skills and I remember your situation. I'm a firm believer that this community should be therefor each other. No need to get a sponsorship, that's for commercial/retail guys. Hopefully you make a buck on the transaction !! Next time be sure to not sell yourself short and give your expectations of payment. I've been approached by members here to tie for them and I give my price shipped to them. If they don't like the price, they can move on.