I think you will be please to know you got a good buy on a very good saddle. We're not seeing them built this well any more. Two guesses say it's heavy. Don't worry about the small missing patches in the fleece as it's job is to prevent the pad from scooting out. The conchos on your saddle would be difficult to replace. I have an old set plus new ones and there is no comparison. Your saddle was built when people invested in quality. If you haven't ridden in it, you might prefer the hard seat. I know I do, finding it more comfortable.