I finally got around to ordering a Brooks B17.
Looks great. I hope it soon feels a great as it looks. Made the mistake of going for a 10 mile ride in my usual cargo shorts. "Oh, that's where they put the seam" -- with the old padded saddle not such a problem. Live and learn
I am off to Bamberg for 2 1/2 weeks next month -- no major rides, just my usual brewery to brewery trips, weather permitting.