Whew, that's a fulsome review. Much obliged MC. Took me a while to go through everything. One question - why the breakdown with MTM and formal? Wouldn't all the MTM places be able to do formal suiting? Are you saying the "Formal" places would specialize in tux's or tail's?
In the meantime I had been to Spiros. I would have to agree with your assessment. I walked in pretty excited, asked a few questions and quickly got the impression that he really didn't want me to be there. Reeaaally awkward, and I got the sense that it would be really old school. So I walked out, and I think Spiros was happy for that.
I have had a bunch of stuff done by Trend, and while Don is really nice, quality control is really poor. He has managed to do something substantive wrong every time, which isn't easily fixable afterwards (like making a structured jacket instead of unstructured, wrong pockets on the pants etc.), so while I have no hard feelings, it would be great if I didn't have to deal with it.
Plan of attack is going to be Walter B, though I fear too old school, and then Nazzareno (since I know nothing about them).
Unrelated-related, I've got a bunch of old shirts that are still good, but which I don't wear any more (my MTM shirts fit much better). Thomas Pink's and Boss mainly. I've never tried to sell or list things on SF - is it worthwhile doing so? General demand for this sort of product (good condition, size 15 (US))?