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I don't have any stock HP1000 anymore and giving impressions based on memories is probably not the best way to go about it. I will try:  The i version are more extended at both ends and have better instruments separation. To me they don't become different headphones, just better sounding HP1000. There are not many HP1000i around. Joe actually had very little time to work on these upgrades in the last few years. He was looking after his sick wife as well as finishing off...
I had no idea that you were listening to them with bowls. Since they are meant to be used with flats, it might be a good idea to mention that in your opening post.  I am not surprised that they are bass heavy if you use taped bowls on them. Are your new pads try yet?  Anyway, happy listening.
I did listen to them side by side and it turned out to be like a contest between flats vs bowls.  The Magnum (with bowls) are very detailed and have a more forward sound than the HP1000i. The HP1000i are much less in-your-face. Both of them have good bass that I like- solid and lean. I found the Magnum a bit bright overall with the bowl pads. Changing to flats helped the mids but the bass was softened (much like tape mod on bowl which I don't like).  I'm glad that I have...
That's exactly the same as what I heard when I AB the "i" and the stock versions. The bass on the upgraded version was actually a little leaner if anything.
Thanks for the review and sorry to hear about your disappointment (reading between the lines). After reading your posts I quickly check my HP1i (upgraded a few years ago). There are none of the little mistakes ( damaged screw holes; hanging cables etc..) you mentioned. Also they sound noticeable different from the stock pair. I don't have any stock pairs anymore so can only go by my memory. I did do an AB with my HP2 at the time. Joe was using that particular pair of...
John Grado believes that you can't have forward midrange (RS1 style) and big soundstage at the same time. He went too far the other way on GS1000 in my opinion.
No, they won't. It only happened with the early ones. I have never seen a pink RS1i. Grado Labs must have changed supplier for the cloth at some point. They use better stuff now- no discolouration.  Then again I have never seen a pair of pink RS2 either. What do I know? 
  I believe the cheese cloth that covers the drivers on most early John Grado headphones would turn pink or brown after a while. It happened just with normal use. 
How do you like your PS1? I always have a love/hate relationship with mine- I like the silky smooth mids but always have issues with their bass (overpowering; mid bass heavy...) which affects the overall balance. They are almost like a side step to RS1 but the market prices of these two headphones are very different!
HP2 that have been upgraded by Joe Grado.
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