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post #1 of 9
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Can someone tell me what is special about this headphone? One just sold on eBay for $152.50.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...6131&rd=1&rd=1

It is beautiful, but that's a lot of money for a vintage headphone.
post #2 of 9
Look who won them, our old friend WertherDVX, the biggest headphone collector on head-fi. If you do a search, you'll see that particular headphone has been discussed around here a bit, mainly as a collector's item, so it's appropriate that they're now in Werther's proto-museum.
post #3 of 9
I paid $20 shipped for mine, and sold them afterward for about the same. I wouldn't pay any more than that. They're comparable soundwise to other vintage dynamics, IOW, nothing special.

BTW scompton, you've got to be the most prolific headphone bidder ever. I don't think there's a single auction I've watched that you haven't already made a bid on.
post #4 of 9
I paid something like $17 shipped for mine.

To borrow a phrase from wualta, they sound midrangey and seventiesish.

They use a driver that pretty much every 2nd tier headphone maker used in at least one model. That in itself is historically interesting.

But while pretty, they aint much to listen to.

Mine are the eventual target of an orthodynamic retrofit. This turned out to be more involved than i'd figured on because the baffle disc is thoroughly worthless and flimsy. I also need to drill out the back of the earcup, since i don't have the woodworking skills to do a woody earcup of my own.

Edit: oh, and regarding the copy in that listing, there is no leather and there is no brass. The metal is anodized aluminum and the headband is covered with wretched cheap vinyl. That one has black plastic parts, mine has brown plastic parts.

I'm planning on repainting the plastic bits on mine with krylon fusion flat black paint, polishing the yellow anodizing off the aluminum, and replacing the headband vinyl with black suede, like my SE-700 repair.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by tyre View Post
BTW scompton, you've got to be the most prolific headphone bidder ever. I don't think there's a single auction I've watched that you haven't already made a bid on.
I don't win all that many. I way overpaid once for some SR-40's, but otherwise, I think I've done alright. My philosophy is to bid my max bid right away and try to ignore it after that. I'm not always disciplined enough to stick with it every time.

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Originally Posted by ericj View Post
Edit: oh, and regarding the copy in that listing, there is no leather and there is no brass. The metal is anodized aluminum and the headband is covered with wretched cheap vinyl.
I take it they look better in the picture that in real life.
post #6 of 9
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I take it they look better in the picture that in real life.

Well . . . . the vinyl *looks fine, feels like the worst 70's naugahide couch you ever sat on.

Technically a beyer dt-770 headband pad fits on the frame, but, sorta destroys the lightweight feel of the things.
post #7 of 9
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My philosophy is to bid my max bid right away and try to ignore it after that.
That is not a good tactic and does not work 90% of the time. In reality, sniping gives you the absolute best chance at winning an auction. eSnipe is the best IMO:
http://www.esnipe.com/
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That is not a good tactic and does not work 90% of the time. In reality, sniping gives you the absolute best chance at winning an auction. eSnipe is the best IMO:
http://www.esnipe.com/
esnipe looks interesting. I've always felt that if someone wants to pay more than me, they get it, no big deal. I've never had much problems getting something I've really wanted. It might take a few auctions to get it, but in the end, I usually get it.

Now if only there was a service to monitor the FS forums.
post #9 of 9
eSnipe? Someone thinks i should pay for that?

I'd start arguing about what's the best sniping software, but, that doesn't serve my interests.
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