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Good pleather for earpads?

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I've been hard pressed to find a good synthetic leather to use for earpads, everything I've tried so far is way too stiff and hard to be used as an earpad. I need to make a new pair of pads for my SE-700s since their pleather has long since disintegrated and flaked off.  Can anyone help me out?

post #2 of 7

I've heard good things about ultraleather, but it doesn't look cheap.

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Any other suggestions? Ultraleather seems a tad overkill unless I could get a swatch or something.

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I was unable to find anything other than upholstery vinyl in the local fabric shops, so I looked to eBay. The best I found was "fetish vinyl." It's thin, takes a needle well and comes in two-way stretch. But it doesn't feel rubbery like most pleather. It leaned more to the papery side of things. I made a couple test pads out of it, but realized that I wasn't reaching my acoustic objectives (bad design), so I put it aside.

 

PM me and I can pop a swatch to you by regular mail. 

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Originally Posted by micmacmo View Post

I was unable to find anything other than upholstery vinyl in the local fabric shops, so I looked to eBay. The best I found was "fetish vinyl." It's thin, takes a needle well and comes in two-way stretch. But it doesn't feel rubbery like most pleather. It leaned more to the papery side of things. I made a couple test pads out of it, but realized that I wasn't reaching my acoustic objectives (bad design), so I put it aside.

 

PM me and I can pop a swatch to you by regular mail. 


Searching that on eBay got a lot of... bad... things. I'll have to take you up on that.

 

In the meantime, any other suggestions?

post #6 of 7

Calf skin leather feels pretty good.  If you're good enough with a sewing machine to sew pleather, why not try the real thing?  The pleather on my MDR-CD3000s disintegrated, and this is what I used for the headband repair.  Replacement CD3000 earpad knock-offs are still available so I did not have to attempt repair of the pads.

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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post

Searching that on eBay got a lot of... bad... things. I'll have to take you up on that.

I should have warned you. Looking for thin vinyl took me to some very prissy home-decor websites and some very NSFW websites too. 

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