Okay - here are some photos of my actual new chapeau. I was going to attach some from the Makins website, which is odd in that in its online catalogs when one clicks on a hat style a photo of a different hat appears.... Anyway, my photos don't show much but JayJay asked....
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.... Brim up, brim down. Crane's - Maybe it should reflect my mood? Perhaps up in the back is a tad more stylish? When I'm driving with a coat the brim up in back works out slightly better. Or maybe the pinched thing is what should make the difference. I don't believe this is a pinched hat - at least is isn't now. Yes, the typically pinched fedora I can see it up in the back, but perhaps when not pinched it looks better down?
One of these days I'll get back to the store (before they move from downtown altogether) and see how their stacked Makins fedora brims are.
But can I trust hat store guys who attach plasticky Capas inserts inside crowns of fedoras designed to be crushable? I know the Mike's guys added feathers to at least some like my new hat but I think that's fine - in fact, commendable!