Ok, so it's 2:30am and I'm shirtless, about ready for bed, but for some reason just can't get Charlie Haden out of my head. Don't know how he got in there, but I need to grab one of his albums and give it a spin before I hit the hay. So I reach for my trusty PS-1's since they do bass so very well, put them on, adjust them a bit, and hit play on the remote. Then all of a sudden I feel this spider crawling on my shoulder!
Man, I wish I would have taken pics of this mess. Much to my surprise and relief, it wasn't a spider, but about 20% of one of my flat pads that had flaked off and brushed my shoulder as it floated off towards the floor. As it turns out, the flat pads on my PS-1 as well as HP-2 are totally shot. Gummy to the touch but if you rub them ever so slightly, they begin to crumble, and crumble they do into millions of tiny dust particles.
In some ways, it reminded my of certain scenes from Mummy. Be careful what you touch! It has been there a long time! When I looked in the mirror, I had to laugh at the sight of my outer ears, hair, and upper cheekbones. What a mess.
I remember experiencing the same thing when I bought a used pair of Beyer DT990's, but those headphones had lain idle for more than 10 years. So I'm not surprised that they would crumble, so much as that they've crumbled so fast.
Yet, as much as I hate to admit it, it's probably been well over a year since I've listened to either of these headphones. Sad to say, but I've been away a lot and when I am here, my main listening rotation is mostly with the R10, K1000 and electrostats.
How long do the Grado flat pads normally last? Is there a certain way to store them to better preserve their useful life? These were on a coat rack somewhat near to a window, so perhaps they have an aversion to heat? If so, I'll keep them in baggies in the fridge!
Maybe mine just came from a bad batch of foam. Oh well, back to Charlie Haden, but with a pair of bowls that I've borrowed from my HF-2's.