My handgrades are suddenly in dire need of a new sole, after walking yesterday in the rain. I called C&J in London and they offered the service for 90 GBP plus 30 for shipping back. The gentelman was good enough to inform me that they're having a sale, and have 3 handgrade styles left at 220 GBP (Mortimer, Chester and berkeley(?)), and suggested that I combine the refurbishment with a purchase, and save on the shipping (add only 5 GBP for second item shipped). That would make it a total of about: 90+ 30 + 220 + 5 - VAT for the purchase = ~315 GBP ($565) that would buy me refurbishment and a new pair of handgrades in about, oh, eight weeks or so. I also called A/E, and while the nice lady on the phone was ill informed as to the techinical aspects of the process, they would change the sole only for $90. Can I trust A/E with handgrsdes? I mean, I can specify Rendenbach sole, but they probably wouldn't do the channeling, beveled waist, fiddle back, etc. Any other alternatives you know of?