Think I ended up using HM5 pads. From the old catalogs the modern MB Quart pads sure look the same as stock. Thomann has them I think as do MB Quart or whatever their company is called now. I lose track on that one.
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On a side note be careful if you decide to bypass that inline volume control the wiring in the cable is strange and doesn't like different solder very much.
I tried the Maestro pads as well, but the old ones sounded better. Well worth a try, though. I'm not a beliver of fancy cables, but in this case a replacement could improve the sound. The PMB cables are of steel to withstand physical abuse (maybe from their microphone lineup), but they also have as much as 7-10 ohms resistance, if I remember correctly, and definitely influence the sound.
And that volume control, o boy, I spent an afternoon taking it apart and putting it together again. With its carbon tracks it should be left out altogether.
Edited by MDR30 - 5/16/14 at 4:57am