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Wasnt there some stuff on making your own headband in this thread; or does anyone know if there is a thread on it, I tried searching but came up empty?


I believe this is what you are referring to?

 

That is likely my next step, have to find some suitable lambskin on Ebay. Its confusing because there is so much to choose from.

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Wasnt there some stuff on making your own headband in this thread; or does anyone know if there is a thread on it, I tried searching but came up empty?


 

Look here where some of us were looking for ideas. Page 82 halfway down, yellow headband. He used lamb skin. Came out nice.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/119314/post-your-grado-mods/1290

 

And here is the thread where he has pics of the procedure.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/529735/custom-embossed-leather-headband

 

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Originally Posted by KneelJung View Post

Wasnt there some stuff on making your own headband in this thread; or does anyone know if there is a thread on it, I tried searching but came up empty?


I traced the vinyl headband, added some extra margins for any batting or cushion material to be added in later and cut lambskin, then connected the ends.  My wife won't let me use her sewing machine so I protyped with superglue and came up with these.

 

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If I can do this, you can do better.  And now, back to the lacquer.

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If I can do this, you can do better.  And now, back to the lacquer.


Ah the lacquer fumes. I likely killed an inordinate amount of brain cells in pursuit of making my Grados look and sound better. It would be a lot easier to do in the summer, too bad I took interest in this when its 20 degrees out.

 

I need to look into some good cheap material for the headband though. That definitely could be improved over the stock one. Anything would be more comfy I think.

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Poked some holes in my grados last night, stuck some blutak on the back of the drivers, perceived  an increase in bass for sure. Very pleased with how they are sounding now, need to get some dynamat an spend some more time comparing the wood cups to the aluminum.

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That's what I was looking for Bill thanks. The old one looks like it's on there pretty good so I'm thinking maybe just make one that goes over the old one. I'll coniferate on it for a bit and see what I can figure out.

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Originally Posted by sharkz View Post

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If I can do this, you can do better.  And now, back to the lacquer.


Ah the lacquer fumes. I likely killed an inordinate amount of brain cells in pursuit of making my Grados look and sound better. It would be a lot easier to do in the summer, too bad I took interest in this when its 20 degrees out.

 

I need to look into some good cheap material for the headband though. That definitely could be improved over the stock one. Anything would be more comfy I think.


Yeah, the lacquer fumes are worse now as I've switched from brushing to spraying.  My neighbors are going to love me.

 

If you want cheap material for the headband, there's an outlet on Ebay that sells lambskin in just about every color or print you could imagine.  But be advised that a square foot of leather is only an approximation and that it's anything but regular.  It's a good idea to scale up, as it's better to have more than you need than less.  I went through quite a few half-foot pieces and found them annoyingly hard to use because of the irregularities - and imperfections - in the leather.  As with everything, there are economies of scale.  Buying 10 square feet of leather is more economical than buying a half-square-foot.  You just have to figure out what you're going to do with the surplus.

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Has anyone started experimenting on making their own laquer yet? All the old violin makers have special formulas, I figure the woody grados should get the same treatmet.

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What kind of headband would this make?

 

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What kind of headband would this make?

 

For some reason that made me think of this:

 

snake.jpg

 

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I'm assuming a Grado with a headpad like that wouldn't pare well with an Asgard, eh?

 

Sorry, i had to.

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What kind of headband would this make?

 

For some reason that made me think of this:

 

snake.jpg

 

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now I have more Ideas, do you guys think a red and black head band would look wood with wooden cups?

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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post

now I have more Ideas, do you guys think a red and black head band would look wood with wooden cups?


Yes, I do think it would look wood with wooden cups.  ;-)

 

I think it would depend on the hue of red and black as well as the color of the cups.  A deep red wood (or at least one stained as such) would match certain shades of red.  A deeply black wood, like ebony, would probably match black as well as any plastic.  A more brownish wood probably wouldn't as well.

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Anybody tried a "suede lambskin" for their headbands? I'm not sure if the slick leather is better for a band or not. Any opinions?

And why does nobody on eBay sell lambskin that isn't hideous in 1sqft pieces? Teal gator skin... really?
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