Felt like sharing this.
Remember people said the Wharfedale ID1 pads turned "liquid"? Well the coating is essentially tar on my pair. That's just after I retook all the measurements for everything I needed to cut. You shoulda seen my hands after unstitching the pad/baffle mount piece from the stock pad. Yuk.
From left to right:
Lambskin (what I made tonight... and it was a long night... and I've still got a whole 'nother pad to make ), Stock, Deer hide (I made this one with a sewing machine, the other deer hide pad on the left cup was hand stitched and is better fitted)
Only reason why I'm even considering saving the lambskin on the headband is because it was probably all rubbed into a poor Englishman's hair decades ago.
And a closeup.
Sounds different than the deer hide, you immediately notice the channels are off from one another. Noticeably warmer/stickier on your face, too. I feel like the pad design (not even close to vented, let alone sealed) might very well be holding the SQ of these back. But then again, maybe I'm just being a snob.
After I get the other pad made it'll be interesting to hear how these might have sounded in their glory days. A cool pair of cans, indeed.
It looks like a great restoration of the pads
The pads might not be vented directly, but there is a vent going back through the baffle to the cups (should reduce bass).