I prefer the cummerbund vs. waist coat duel!
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If you're willing to go over by a few hundred, I would get a bespoke tux from Ercole. Otherwise, Manolo Costa in NYC is about $1,700.
Whatever you choose to do, veer towards getting something custom made.
I'm a fan of midnight - I have a three-piece tux made with Smith Woolen's midnight blue mohair.
From what I've read about Ercole is that they tend to err on the traditional side of styling, especially on a first commission. Have you found that to be the case?
Especially with a tux I want to go more contemporary (higher armholes etc.)