Well after weeks of researching and reading several forums about Brooks saddles, I decided to at least try one out. So today as I passed a LBS, I popped in to see what selection they had. They had a Brooks B17 in antique brown that I liked on the internet. In person, just as pretty. I bought it and installed it on my raw lacquer Brompton H6L.
Despite being really hard to the touch (at this point I was still skeptical about the instant difference people talked about), I went for a quick test ride around the neighborhood.
Wow, quite a difference over the stock Brompton saddle! Everything people said is true. There is no more compression pain I felt with the stock saddle. I think I got my initial installation in the correct ballpark...future rides will help dial in the positioning.
Right now the only issue is the slipperiness of the new leather, but comfort wise, two thumbs up! I have 30 days to return the saddle, so we'll see what the next few weeks bring.
Excited to do another ride tomorrow!