I read about the problems awhile ago and as a preventative measure just did wrappings of electrical tape around the weak spots. Actually looks better than you would think. The sound of the phones is superb and so worth keeping. I find them superior across the board to my Senn600/650.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm having a strong reaction to the performances. As in "blech, that's not right." Perhaps it is the symphony after all. I may have to get a pile of recordings. I'm starting to obsess a little over it.