Maybe, he was thinking in terms of gub'ment hours?
My recables have taken about 3 hours. I've taken my time as this is a hobby - not a chore or a job. Plus, I love to do a good job with the work, so it's all neat in the end. My cable and connector costs are certainly not a whole lot more than $17.00 - which is the cost of the VModa cable, with shipping involved. Recabling by installing cables into each cup can resolve many of the "imbalance" issues that people can often hear. The way the headphones are wired from the factory are far, far less than ideal.