Ha I suppose its failings are part of the charm of AT headphones. :)
Now that I think about it, changing pads of my old AD700X never even crossed my mind - it may have gone some way to address the comfort and to a certain degree, the fit issues. I've since given them away to my lil' sis and she's enjoying them as much as I did. First intro to decent headphones, just like they were for me.
aww thats nice of you ^^