Originally Posted by Nik
A long wait a superb work that Joseph have done on my HP2 were “i” means improved, a new double cable and some other things on the new drivers (I don’t know what…).
My old HP2 is now a NEW one and (I think) a very rare unit because the work of the friend Joseph with his 86 years old…
The can arrived some days ago to my door after 3 mounts of wait, but this is another HP2, incredibly better: new drivers, new cable for another quality of sound. This is MY phones, the only one!
I’m now using them with the EAR HP4 (Fivre 6sl7), but very soon I’ll have coming other two amps, just for the HP2i
1)The TTVJ Millet 307a
2)A hybrid one by an Italian builder with E80CC Telefunken and RGN1054 mesh Telefunken
I’m looking for the best amp for the best cans ever…
Thanks to Martin for helping me to contact Joseph Grado.
I am so delighted to read that these have worked out for you, just as we had hoped!! It was my pleasure to have played a part (;-))
Joseph had said your headphones would be an order of magnitude better than his earlier efforts. In listening to your headphones before he shipped them back to you in Montalto Dora I completely agree! In a phrase, your HP2i’s are simply magnificent!!
I know the process was not only expensive but also a real ordeal for you. My many thanks again to you for your patience, but more importantly for your efforts on behalf of our great mentor.
As you know, we came very close to losing Joseph this spring and I will always feel that your faith and prayers played a significant role in his recovery. The refurbishment of your headphones was the project he was working on before his hospitalization and completing his tweaking of them was the first thing he worked on when he came back from the hospital. He spent many hours making sure the results met his high standards. Remember Nicola, long long before Joseph made headphones, he repaired watches for Tiffany's & Co. in New York. His level of craftsmanship is unique in the world today and no one on Earth could have done what he has to your cans … I would encourage you to both enjoy and treasure them!!
When he and I spoke last weekend he was busy perfecting design work on his 48 volt power supplies for his new microphones. Speaking of his new microphones, we finished recording the last of the 33 Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series concerts today – June 7, 2009. Again this year my personal Joseph Grado Signature Holographic Microphone was the microphone used to capture this series and it has done so with suburb results!!
Listeners can currently go online for Spoleto Festival USA coverage to hear what we're getting if they would like; at least until the on-line version is taken down in another week. To listen also to what’s being recorded with this microphone please check out the following links:ClassicalPublicRadio.org - Spoleto Chamber Music - Spoleto Audio
and:ClassicalPublicRadio.org - Spoleto Chamber Music - Spoleto Audio
This is a compressed version of the sound, so that it does better over the web. While most folks still feel it’s pretty good your, “mileage might vary” (;-)) The 2009 Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music series will be broadcast nationally here in the States in 2010, ahead of the next season for Spoleto and there may well be an on-line version at that time as well.
Also, I notice that the 2008 series, which was also recorded using my mic, is still online, but I’m not sure for how much longer this will be the case. To listen to it, please see link:ClassicalPublicRadio.org - Spoleto Chamber Music - Spoleto Chamber Music Series - Programs
Lastly the following is a link to some images made of this new microphone technology along with some other images of its inventor and my good friend / great mentor, Mr. Joseph Grado:Flickr: ctrainbow2005's Photostream