One thing you might try is to leave them on a stand or even hanging over a tall book for a while. I found that the rubber band "Relaxes" a bit over time, it still pulls the headband up when I remove them but it doesn't try to pull them up when I'm wearing them.
Also the leather headband might also need time to adapt to the shape of your head.
I'm one of the "Big Head" group but I haven't had any trouble with my K701s. I think this might be because they were 3rd hand when I got them. Broken in sound, Broken in fit.
I would give them a chance before performing any surgery.
Have you tried to put a hard bend in the leather? Do this as a temporary fit to see if it helps. A c-clamp with a piece of wood on either side to clamp down the center bump for a while will loosen some of the stiffness of the bump. I then used leather oil and folded the leather to crease the middle bump, parallel to the skull ridge. Hold it there with a c-clamp or similar for a couple days.
I don't know if this makes a difference but I don't have a prominent skull ridge. My skull is fairly smooth toward the front and I have no problems. The farther back begins to feel the pressure. Could it be that those with a more prominent ridge have problems with the band? If so, move the band to a less prominent area of the skull which is usually on the soft spot forward.
What size are your hats?
Also, has anybody contacted AKG to get their take on this?
Originally Posted by lucky /img/forum/go_quote.gif My solution was to remove the upper restraining clips on each side and refit zip ties to ensure a minimum open width. I did it five minutes after unboxing my K701.
Lucky, if I may ask again... How did you remove the braces? What did you use to do it?
I sent you a pm as well.
No pull any more, the band is much more flixable and can go right near the top (length wise, not just one point). There is couple catches though, there is more movement to the phone (front and back), so less stable. So you may need to move the pads a little to get the sweet spot. Also as there is now just one piece of plastic holding the cup so probably means lower lifespan...
Maybe try losen the leather band first before any modding; flex the band often to soften it to see whether things improves first.