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post #2986 of 5103

Actually I made a set a few months ago and sand blasted them... the finish was really nice. Black would be nice but I already have the cups in the picture made from Delrin. My plan is to just have a nice natural or clear powder coat on the finish of both pieces of the housing.
 

post #2987 of 5103

Nice, I agree with you since you have black cups already, Ive been wanting to make my own for awhile...

post #2988 of 5103

I bought some quilted maple a bit ago and that may be the next material I start working after these cups.
 

post #2989 of 5103
How many of you all do a full liberation when doing custom cups? I may be going this route with a set Sr60 for my brother. Wondering if having a thicker cup wall of 1/4" vs my Sr80i cups of 1/8" wall will make a difference in sound signature.
post #2990 of 5103
I've done full liberations on both my sr80 and 225 its easy and cleaner as far as install goes... As far as the difference in sound between wall thickness, I can't comment on that... If there is any it would be minimal I'd assume.
post #2991 of 5103

Hi everyone, I was hesitant to post my mods since everyone else's headphones looks better. Here is mine.  This picture was taken by Brian from BTG Audio and you can see it in his product website. My headset started out as a really beat up pair of SR 225is on Ebay which I probably went overboard with on bidding.  I thought I was getting a bargain because the guy selling it didn't know how to take good pics -- well it was blurred because it was beat to hell!  But they sounded great so I kept them. A year later the driver went bad and I went ahead with cable replacements thinking that was the problem.  A couple of hundred bucks later this is what I got and it is outperforming my stock SR 325is in some cases.

 

 

 

Here are my mods:

 

Stock plastic Grado SR 225i cups, button removed, lettering sanded, painted and clear coated in copper

shaved side pins

Gretsch chrome steel electric guitar switch tips for the rod ends

8-strand clear,  braided Mogami cable with a Viablue jack from BTG Audio (thanks Brian)

Black Manta cowhide headband (thanks Jin)

Symphones Magnum X drivers

 

 

I recently switched to some nice Paduak cups I got of Ebay and I replaced the pins with hex screws.  I can't decide which is better looking.  The only difference in sound signature seems to be a slight  overall increase in volume for the Paduak/Narra cups. My stock 325is beats it for volume and bass quantity. For everything else, particularly detail and instrument separation, this headset wins -- plastic or wood cups.

 

 

 

If someone were to build this thing outright without my pitfalls, and without the purely cosmetic mods,  they would have a set that could go toe to toe (and win in some areas) with a 325i for the price of a 225i.   
 


Edited by EF88 - 5/3/13 at 10:35pm
post #2992 of 5103
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

Sexy, did u make those?

 

yes, i make those

post #2993 of 5103

Has anyone tried modding the igrado's with a headband? Or, perhaps that's what the sr60i's are for. I know modding is a famous pastime on these forums, just thought I'd ask. 

post #2994 of 5103
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Originally Posted by EF88 View Post



 
Mmm nice lookin cups smily_headphones1.gif very nice lookin Grados smily_headphones1.gif
post #2995 of 5103

Hi All.

 

I have this question and hope anyone can help.

What is the best method to remove the plastic screen from plastic cup model? By brute force or what? Break it into pieces?

 

Many thanks.

post #2996 of 5103

Heat it with a blow drier, let the glue get nice and hot and push them out. If you break them out your still going to have to remove the broken pieces and the rest of the glue anyway.

post #2997 of 5103
The grill is also glue using hot glue? Really? If so, nice.
post #2998 of 5103

Yes, the grill also uses hot glue, really, so it is nice!

post #2999 of 5103
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Originally Posted by EF88 View Post

Hi everyone, I was hesitant to post my mods since everyone else's headphones looks better. Here is mine.  This picture was taken by Brian from BTG Audio and you can see it in his product website. My headset started out as a really beat up pair of SR 225is on Ebay which I probably went overboard with on bidding.  I thought I was getting a bargain because the guy selling it didn't know how to take good pics -- well it was blurred because it was beat to hell!  But they sounded great so I kept them. A year later the driver went bad and I went ahead with cable replacements thinking that was the problem.  A couple of hundred bucks later this is what I got and it is outperforming my stock SR 325is in some cases.

 

 

 

Here are my mods:

 

Stock plastic Grado SR 225i cups, button removed, lettering sanded, painted and clear coated in copper

shaved side pins

Gretsch chrome steel electric guitar switch tips for the rod ends

8-strand clear,  braided Mogami cable with a Viablue jack from BTG Audio (thanks Brian)

Black Manta cowhide headband (thanks Jin)

Symphones Magnum X drivers

 

 

I recently switched to some nice Paduak cups I got of Ebay and I replaced the pins with hex screws.  I can't decide which is better looking.  The only difference in sound signature seems to be a slight  overall increase in volume for the Paduak/Narra cups. My stock 325is beats it for volume and bass quantity. For everything else, particularly detail and instrument separation, this headset wins -- plastic or wood cups.

 

 

 

If someone were to build this thing outright without my pitfalls, and without the purely cosmetic mods,  they would have a set that could go toe to toe (and win in some areas) with a 325i for the price of a 225i.   
 

I am very curious as to how you built this set for the $$$ of a SR225i? Please elaborate...especially the cups

post #3000 of 5103
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Yes, the grill also uses hot glue, really, so it is nice!

I look at mine it was using some kind of glue stronger than heat glue. I look at some Grado mod pic and indeed they look like hot glue. Maybe the newer fatboy no longer using hot glue? Anyway I hacked mine using brute force sime tiny scratches not really visible and replaced the grill.

 

Should have tap the Grado wording to prevent missing paint though >_<

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