Gentlemen, It is with much interest that I slogged through this pedantic and headache inducing thread.
I have now determined that I can go down to Home Depot, get some metal tape, cut little discs and cover up about 3/4 or more of the old (but totally serviceable) plain leather pads on my good old Martin stencil and get the high end to project a little better like it does on my King, which has resonators, and without affecting intonation.
This is what all 700+ post boil down to.
You guys sure went through a lot, glad no one was seriously injured.
Does anyone disagree with my assessment?