Fir us, our students are not allowed to put plumes in or take out of their hats, only our parents do that for them. Itís a pain but only our trained parents insert or remove plumesÖ because like you, our students were always breaking them.
Quality of uniforms is solid except for that, you are correct. And once youíve purchased your uniforms you donít get any help or customer service from Fruhauf at all. Very frustrating.
One solution is to purchase Shako covers and donít go with plumes at all. Just a thought
Best of luck.