Glad you liked the mod! You summed it up exactly though - "It moved the sound from almost intolerable to something I could listen to if I had to". I have no clue who at Bluedio tuned that T3 driver to begin with. How on earth they thought the bass was OK like that was beyond me. Must have been this guy: The clamp force can easily be adjusted by bending the headband slightly. It's a padded metal strip, so just band it and you can adjust it from vice-like death grip to loosey-goosey (or anywhere in between). As far as the pads, I agree they are meh. Too big to be on ears, and too small to be over ears. They are juuust large enough to be annoying hot spot magnets. Bluedio finally woke up, and installed larger pads on the T5 (93mm). Luckily, I found a way to install 90mm or 93mm pads using a totally reversible and non-destructive method (5 mins). They are INFINITELY more comfy now. If you're interested, I can post the details. I was thinking about creating a dedicated Bluedio thread, as I have done tons of mods to the various T3 and T4s I own (graphene driver swaps, open mods, larger pad mods, stock driver mods, Bluetooth conversion, etc).