Question for Saddlebag (ie please share your knowledge).
I don't think you meant that Stubbens are low-end saddles. I'm thinking you meant that these particular Stubbens are lower-end Stubbens? Now I know the Siegfried is not a low-end Stubben, so this one is? Is it different than most Stubbens because it's one of the Irish-made ones? I know that the German ones are the original and the best (best craftsmanship, materials, and incredibly solid). I've ridden in both the German and Swiss ones, and I like both. I have not used an Irish one. Were they made differently with different materials? Now that you point out the stirrup bar, I noticed it too. I have not seen a Stubben saddle with a stirrup-bar like that before. The ones I've used have all had a slight brassy color to them, they turn greenish when they oxidize, and polish up mighty fine.
Can you share what you know about the differences in the quality of the various Stubbens?
Also a question on the mold. I've seen plenty of the white, flaky mold that's so common especially between the flaps, which is pretty easy to clean up. Are you saying this could be the notorious, dreaded, toxic BLACK mold? Wow. Is that common on a saddle? Is it a suede thing?