04-23-2012, 07:14 PM
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By completely different I mean...completely different.
Obviously I haven't seen it but a foam panel usually means
(i) Panel is narrower, and thinner
(ii) Sweat flap (if present) may cover much of top panel face
(iii) Panel may not be completely enclosed in leather which means
(iv) Point pocket may be attached to foam (big problem)
(v) Rear gussets unlikely to be present
If the foam is completely leather clad it's probably possible to flock it, but it might not be a cheap conversion.
PS. Foam panel close contacts were popular because they were, and still are, cheaper to make (less skill required to cover a moulded piece of foam than flock a panel). Maybe they had some made abroad as a try-out? They probably charged the same price, so made a lot more money. Or maybe they were trying to expand their customer base and needed a cheaper model for a new market? In any case, a foam panel of that age will probably be reaching the end of its useful life.
The price is attractive, though!