Dan, I agree with everyone else, go for the prince Albert or start watching eBay as you suggested. If you want a tie shortened by a dry cleaner or someone like that, as a general rule they will quickly open a tie cut out part of the silk and interlining and sew it back together. Often this can be acceptable, but where you tie your knot will not be the same width, and the quality of the sewing may or may not be the same as the original maker. If your tie is something really beautiful that you want to keep then you also need to consider going to the next level which is basically opening the whole tie and adjusting the shape of the tie so that your knot will tie the same as before, and then very carefully resewing the tie. Think of it this way: If you had a classic 1968 mustang that you really love and it had rust but the engine was in great shape, you might be tempted to pull it apart and completely redo it. It can be done, but it is an expensive and time consuming process. Correctly, shortening a tie is the same. Thats why we don't shorten ties. It is almost easier for us to make a new tie with a custom made pattern.