This is good and bad. If you want to stay with the smaller pads, you've got too much bass. On the other hand, the very reason for the smaller pads is to limit the HF and scoop up as much bass as possible. When you see all those plastic Grados sporting small pads, it's because they're pushing for as much bass as they can get - given the plastic shells and the unvented drivers.
So, if you've got overflowing bass, it's opportunity knocking. It means you can afford larger pads, which will attenuate the bass and give you more opportunities for HF extension. This is where you go to bowls or jumbos. Personally, I've always thought there was a sweet spot to be had somewhere between these two - if only Grado would design the pad. Since Grado hasn't, that's the key place for modder innovation.
I'm going, I'm going!
I've been looking for more steel wire to no avail. Guess I'll just give in and buy some cheapie guitar strings and waste half couple of them.
As soon as I get some woodies, and some holes punched, the new pads will be top priority.