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post #31 of 68
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Originally Posted by cobra_verde View Post
Personally, I found the seller's story of receiving the HP-1s from a dead uncle suspicious. I've given my wife instructions to bury me with my HP-2s.
good one.
post #32 of 68
The price is a bit high, but the HP-1s are the rarer variant.

If you ever get the chance, take some time to listen to a pair of HP-1000s.
post #33 of 68
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Originally Posted by CherryBomb View Post
I see you have both the HP2 and the new PS1000; which do you prefer and why?
I don't know. The HP-2s are clean, clear water. They have impact and sharp leading edges like no other phones I've heard.

The PS1000s reach down deeper, go up higher, and there is more space for the music to expand into. Sometimes, the PS1000s sound too warm to me, but they may simply be revealing a warmth in my system. Next I tweak my rig to eliminate this warmness. I'm operating on the premise that the PS1000s have the most to offer and I'm building my system around them. The HP-2s serve as a worthy benchmark. I'd like to hear a pair of HP-2s (mine?) with the latest Joe Grado mods.
post #34 of 68
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Originally Posted by cobra_verde View Post
I don't know. The HP-2s are clean, clear water. They have impact and sharp leading edges like no other phones I've heard.

The PS1000s reach down deeper, go up higher, and there is more space for the music to expand into. Sometimes, the PS1000s sound too warm to me, but they may simply be revealing a warmth in my system. Next I tweak my rig to eliminate this warmness. I'm operating on the premise that the PS1000s have the most to offer and I'm building my system around them. The HP-2s serve as a worthy benchmark. I'd like to hear a pair of HP-2s (mine?) with the latest Joe Grado mods.
That's a very interesting comparison. Thank you for that.

If anyone is fortunate enough to have both the modfied HP1000s and the PS1000s, please chime in to let us know how that stack up. Similarly, if anyone has the modfied HP1000s and the HP2s, a comparsion of these would be appreciated too.

Very interesting threads today.
post #35 of 68
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Originally Posted by cobra_verde View Post
Personally, I found the seller's story of receiving the HP-1s from a dead uncle suspicious. I've given my wife instructions to bury me with my HP-2s.
You'll have to pry my pair from my cold, dead fingers, but I do intend to have them passed on. Which reminds me, I think I might cook up some special estate planning for my audio gear. It's too early to know if any younger relatives will appreciate the stuff, but I intend to leave explicit instructions for my executor on disposing of the audio toys. I want to ensure that everything goes at the market rate and, further, that everything goes to someone who will appreciate the gear as much as I do.

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
Annoying question this is, if they are so great, why did he stop making them?
I believe that the drivers became unobtanium. A shame, because I think they would continue to sell well.

Cherry Bomb, I believe that there is only one pair of specially modified Joe Grados. Personally, I don't want to mess with mine. I like them just the way they are. I've also listened to the PS-1000 at CanJam, but they didn't move me. I can't call them bad, but I can't justify the purchase. The HD-800, however, was too good to pass up. So I went with those and instead dropped about $1,900 on the Linkwitz Orion+ drivers.
post #36 of 68
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
You'll have to pry my pair from my cold, dead fingers, but I do intend to have them passed on. Which reminds me, I think I might cook up some special estate planning for my audio gear. It's too early to know if any younger relatives will appreciate the stuff, but I intend to leave explicit instructions for my executor on disposing of the audio toys. I want to ensure that everything goes at the market rate and, further, that everything goes to someone who will appreciate the gear as much as I do.



I believe that the drivers became unobtanium. A shame, because I think they would continue to sell well.

Cherry Bomb, I believe that there is only one pair of specially modified Joe Grados. Personally, I don't want to mess with mine. I like them just the way they are. I've also listened to the PS-1000 at CanJam, but they didn't move me. I can't call them bad, but I can't justify the purchase. The HD-800, however, was too good to pass up. So I went with those and instead dropped about $1,900 on the Linkwitz Orion+ drivers.
Nice job on the Orions. Sweet setup.

Are your HP-1000s refurbished by anyone, or were they always in great shape? Who refurbishes these things other than Joe? I'm sure Joe does one-of-a-kind work, but $1200 or whatever it is may be steep for some people . . .
post #37 of 68
Joe's the only one with the parts. You could send them off to John, but he'd just slap in current parts, if he even agreed to work on them at all.
post #38 of 68
Only Joe, reliably............and as mentioned above - he is the only source of parts, and they are now running low. When he moved to the Carolinas he had a thousand of the drivers - last year he had 150........today, who knows. The orig. cables are all gone...etc..

OTOH - think about those peeps who pay $4-5k for Sony R10 - they are already in dire straits to scrounge for parts. Their travails are sometimes mentioned in threads here.
post #39 of 68
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Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
Joe's the only one with the parts. You could send them off to John, but he'd just slap in current parts, if he even agreed to work on them at all.
John doesn't want to talk about or do work on the phone, and refers everything to Joe!
post #40 of 68
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Originally Posted by BushGuy View Post
Sometimes. German, Ital., French, or all? Did you ever notice the Met. Opera DVD of Carmen the Eng. subs say the gals work in a cigarette factory - instead of Cigars. Maddening........to those of us who like to light up an Oliva V, Fuente Hemingway, Padron Aniversario '64, etc.............oops, I digressed
easy Bob...EASY now big fella...
post #41 of 68
I been an active eBay seller and buyer since 97 and on occasion see what's selling. This particular auction started at a Buy-It-Now price of $750. Yes, that's right $750. Then after a few hours, wisely the seller changed to the auction and took away the Buy-It-Now price and it sold for over double.

It was so tempting to bid and close the auction at the Buy-It-Now price, but my impulse buying has been put on a tight leash.

Congrats on the winner and don't kick yourself knowing that you could've, would've bought them for $750.

However, I find creepy that they were once owned by a deceased (RIP), if the story is indeed true.
post #42 of 68
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Nice pair! The price is a little stiff - several pairs have gone for $1,200-$1,500 recently. If you're not hung up on the lettering .
Thats why this pair was not selling here.
post #43 of 68
I wonder how much my pair is worth



BTW the specks you can see are not blemishes but dust
post #44 of 68
wow...
post #45 of 68
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Originally Posted by CherryBomb View Post
Rob: Do your HP2 cans have the $2K mod?
No - not really interested in that.

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
Annoying question this is, if they are so great, why did he stop making them?
Same reason they stopped making the R10s, HE-90s, the Beetles stop recording, stars turn into black holes...
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