Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I've never heard of a 'lower end' Stubben, and Siegfrieds have been one of the most popular models since they were introduced. I'm honestly surprised that Stubben would allow their name on an inferior product, if that's truly the case.
Mine is a vintage Swiss made Siegfried, and one of these days I'm hoping to run across a lovingly maintained German made. I did find one, but the saddle had been made for a man and the seat size was humongous.
I've also not heard of black mold invading saddles. White mold absolutely, but I've not run across any saddle that carried black mold spores. Those are generally found in constantly wet areas.
The cracks in the leather on the underside of the seat on the Kerry concern me. That indicates it wasn't properly cared for and the skins were allowed to dry out, similar to dry rot. Conditioning it may help but those cracks aren't going away, and the leather will always be compromised in that area.
The suede panels on the Siegfried look to be in bad shape, but the rest of the saddle looks pretty good. All of the older models had the suede panels, mine included. If I were to buy it I'd have those panels covered over with smooth leather, as I don't believe the suede is salvageable.
Either saddle is an okay buy, but the Kerry looks to have been cared for a bit better than the Siegfried, at least on the topside.
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Last edited by Speed Racer; 06-12-2013 at 10:40 PM.