manofkent: hey, good point - I neglected to mention that the very fine weaves are actually more fragile, so even if you're loaded, it's not necessarily a good idea to go for the ultra-premium ones. If you do, consider those 'dress hats', and get some lower-end ones too for regular wear. It's a bit like buying a super 250s cashmere sport coat, or something (I remember seeing 'made by shaving an angel' or something in another thread, I LOL'ed) - you wouldn't wear it for tooling around town in.
I didn't know Lock didn't make their own any more, I'm not that up on the British brands :/ thanks for that too!
You can get Akubra in Imperial felt and also the Heritage felt from the Australian firm hatsdirect.com which is the closest rabbit to beaver quality. The difference is like USD60 but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Imperial for the money.
Superb fedora from the Master posted by the Acolyte