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another:

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post #1547 of 5003

It's from a Koss Pro DJ 100.
 

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Originally Posted by CABILLAS View Post

you know what model of koss where used for this pretty mod?

post #1548 of 5003
post #1549 of 5003

Well decided to join the headband mafia.  With my wife's help and ingenuity we came up with this:

 

IMG_0360.JPG

 

The slippery slope continues...

 

Cheers,

Al

post #1550 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Alchieng View Post

Well decided to join the headband mafia.  With my wife's help and ingenuity we came up with this:

 

IMG_0360.JPG

 

The slippery slope continues...

 

Cheers,

Al

Nice one! Matches the colour of the wood very well.
 

post #1551 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Bilavideo View Post

I just got the coolest e-mail from etteoh, who did a project using cocobolo shells.  I want to repost some of what he said but I won't because I didn't get his permission to do so.  What I will say is that this guy went the distance and reported some results that really made my day.  I'm hoping (nudge, nudge) that he shares his story because it's a great read.  He's got bragging rights and I hope he uses them.  

 

Everybody has their headphone hero moment and their own headphone hero story to tell.  It's those stories that encourage and inspire others to think and act outside of the box.  If you're reading this, etteoh, I hope you pull up a spot at this worldwide campfire and entertain us with your latest adventure.  Some of us are restless; some of us are bored; some of us are exhausted between projects.  We all need the warmth of the campfire and someone with the courage to speak up.

 

In the meantime, I'll just put this coat hanger and bag of marshmallows to good use.


I hear ya Bill so 3...2...1...action! (Guys, this my mail to Bill in its entirety. Happy reading and I hope it doesn't turn out to be a bore)

 

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Hey Bill,
 
Hope the weekend has been great for you so far. 
 
I wanted to drop a quick note to say that the shells got here on Saturday! They are early by a week. I wasn't expecting them for another week to be honest. The more suprising part was that Customs released them almost instantly. No frills! :)
 
Anyway, I wanted to commend you for the shells. They are superbly built and stunningly finished. I simply love how they look. Also a big KUDOS on the way you designed how the drivers would not come into "contact" with any plastic upon fitting. Excellent job man!
 
If anything (and this coming from the lousy DIY-er in me), I had a tough time fitting the drivers into one of the shells. I started with the left side and that was a breeze. The right side however was tough to get in. After what seemed like forever, I accidentally chipped off a bit of the outer shell. Heartbroken I was indeed but consoloation is that, the outer chip would have no impact on the sound at all. 
 
Immediately after that mishap, I managed to get the driver in and I used some glue to hold the chipped piece back into the shell. Not the best looking job but it's good enough to mask the imperfection to a certain degree :) I had a feeling once I put it on and fire away the music, it will be so good that I would forget about the chip...and how right was I :)
 
The music was good. Make that very good. No, perfect! That's what it is. Perfect! Now I understand what you mean by organic sounding. I thought my heavilly modded SR325is were already as good as it got but these cocobolo shells took things to the next level (and by a long mile). Practically every piece I threw at it, I got great sound. Everything blended in as how good music should sound. 
 
The only thing was, well believe it or not, the bass somehow became too much for me and I had to go back in and cover two holes on the drivers so instead of four vented holes, I now only have two. Also I find that the cocobolos somehow favors the bowl pads more than the jumbos. On the aluminium shell, the jumbos were great but they just lost the edge with cocobolos. I have the bowls back on and right after that, it is every inch perfect! There was nothing I could not play that would not sound great. I could not believe it...I still can't.
 
Vocals were sublimely organic and real! Percussions were, well, percussions! They sounded right. Layers were well segregated and bass was impactful and deep. Just the way I like it. The soundstage, good God! Just awesome! There is this one track by Cassandra Wilson, The Weight, and I noticed the slight upper crackling sound of her voice is nicely balaced into the whole music, creating a perfect fit whereas on the aluminium shells, it was too overly pronounced for my liking. So much so that it becomes a prominent "sore point" for me.
 
My SR325is has never sounded more accurate and enjoyable. PRaT increased by two, no make that three folds! It was so good that I told a close friend to bring his RS-1 (buttonless, non-i version) over today for a shootout. He was blown away by how the resurgent 325is sounded. He could not believe what he was hearing (neither could I) and after a grueling evaluation that lasted no less than five hours, we both concluded that the 325is trumps the RS-1. We nicknamed it 325isc - the C being Cocobolo :)
 
Then the missus wanted her share of testing and she took the 325isc for a test drive playing her favorite track, Paralelo by Carmen Cuesta. She said firmly that this is easily the best she has heard this piece being played. She said that everything about the track was so surreal that the hair on her back stood up (not that she is hairy or anything) :) But I know what she meant - all my favorite pieces sounded miles better. This is it Bill! This is the can I had been longing for and you made it happen!
 
Even as I am typing this email, the SR325isc is playing soothing pieces by Michel Camilio and I gotta tell you, I am so pulled into the music that I am having difficulties coming out with words to complete my sentences :) I have not been this excited for a long time...so excited that I applied for the day off from work on Monday just so I can have more time with these wonderful cans. Am I crazy or what?
 
So, again, thank you Bill for making it happen. There are no words to describe your tireless dedication in bringing out the best in Grado cans and importantly your willingness to share them with us. We can't thank you enough.
 
Best wishes,
E.T.
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post #1552 of 5003
Ettoh,

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like the music is flowing a little easier in your neck of the woods.

Cheers,
Al
post #1553 of 5003

Congrats, dude.

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I enjoyed reading your post... and I'm glad I'm not the only one who chipped/reglued the cocobolo shells LOL

 

 

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Originally Posted by etteoh View Post




I hear ya Bill so 3...2...1...action! (Guys, this my mail to Bill in its entirety. Happy reading and I hope it doesn't turn out to be a bore)

 

[START]

 

Hey Bill,
 
Hope the weekend has been great for you so far. 
 
I wanted to drop a quick note to say that the shells got here on Saturday! They are early by a week. I wasn't expecting them for another week to be honest. The more suprising part was that Customs released them almost instantly. No frills! :)
 
Anyway, I wanted to commend you for the shells. They are superbly built and stunningly finished. I simply love how they look. Also a big KUDOS on the way you designed how the drivers would not come into "contact" with any plastic upon fitting. Excellent job man!
 
If anything (and this coming from the lousy DIY-er in me), I had a tough time fitting the drivers into one of the shells. I started with the left side and that was a breeze. The right side however was tough to get in. After what seemed like forever, I accidentally chipped off a bit of the outer shell. Heartbroken I was indeed but consoloation is that, the outer chip would have no impact on the sound at all. 
 
Immediately after that mishap, I managed to get the driver in and I used some glue to hold the chipped piece back into the shell. Not the best looking job but it's good enough to mask the imperfection to a certain degree :) I had a feeling once I put it on and fire away the music, it will be so good that I would forget about the chip...and how right was I :)
 
The music was good. Make that very good. No, perfect! That's what it is. Perfect! Now I understand what you mean by organic sounding. I thought my heavilly modded SR325is were already as good as it got but these cocobolo shells took things to the next level (and by a long mile). Practically every piece I threw at it, I got great sound. Everything blended in as how good music should sound. 
 
The only thing was, well believe it or not, the bass somehow became too much for me and I had to go back in and cover two holes on the drivers so instead of four vented holes, I now only have two. Also I find that the cocobolos somehow favors the bowl pads more than the jumbos. On the aluminium shell, the jumbos were great but they just lost the edge with cocobolos. I have the bowls back on and right after that, it is every inch perfect! There was nothing I could not play that would not sound great. I could not believe it...I still can't.
 
Vocals were sublimely organic and real! Percussions were, well, percussions! They sounded right. Layers were well segregated and bass was impactful and deep. Just the way I like it. The soundstage, good God! Just awesome! There is this one track by Cassandra Wilson, The Weight, and I noticed the slight upper crackling sound of her voice is nicely balaced into the whole music, creating a perfect fit whereas on the aluminium shells, it was too overly pronounced for my liking. So much so that it becomes a prominent "sore point" for me.
 
My SR325is has never sounded more accurate and enjoyable. PRaT increased by two, no make that three folds! It was so good that I told a close friend to bring his RS-1 (buttonless, non-i version) over today for a shootout. He was blown away by how the resurgent 325is sounded. He could not believe what he was hearing (neither could I) and after a grueling evaluation that lasted no less than five hours, we both concluded that the 325is trumps the RS-1. We nicknamed it 325isc - the C being Cocobolo :)
 
Then the missus wanted her share of testing and she took the 325isc for a test drive playing her favorite track, Paralelo by Carmen Cuesta. She said firmly that this is easily the best she has heard this piece being played. She said that everything about the track was so surreal that the hair on her back stood up (not that she is hairy or anything) :) But I know what she meant - all my favorite pieces sounded miles better. This is it Bill! This is the can I had been longing for and you made it happen!
 
Even as I am typing this email, the SR325isc is playing soothing pieces by Michel Camilio and I gotta tell you, I am so pulled into the music that I am having difficulties coming out with words to complete my sentences :) I have not been this excited for a long time...so excited that I applied for the day off from work on Monday just so I can have more time with these wonderful cans. Am I crazy or what?
 
So, again, thank you Bill for making it happen. There are no words to describe your tireless dedication in bringing out the best in Grado cans and importantly your willingness to share them with us. We can't thank you enough.
 
Best wishes,
E.T.
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post #1555 of 5003

It's all about the dollar store and those metallic trays, pen holders, garbage bins... A coupe of bucks there gives you enough to do 50 pair of headphones.
 

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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post

that's a sexy pair of headphones. where did you find that black mettalic screen? It's shmexy

post #1556 of 5003

Looks really good Al. I like the part where you enlisted the Wife. Good one. Nothing better  than including the misses so when we are tirelessly modding our cans they can understand our obsession. Otherwise they may want to share our precious modding time with them.....eek.gifQuote:

 

Tell us, how does the padding feel ?  


Originally Posted by Alchieng View Post

Well decided to join the headband mafia.  With my wife's help and ingenuity we came up with this:

 

IMG_0360.JPG

 

The slippery slope continues...

 

Cheers,

Al

post #1557 of 5003

I'm working on fitting my HD650 pads onto my grados. I'll keep you guys updated. Early results are promising.

post #1558 of 5003
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Originally Posted by BobSaysHi View Post

I'm working on fitting my HD650 pads onto my grados. I'll keep you guys updated. Early results are promising.



Yeah let us know. I still would like to put some circumaural pads on but keep the sound I have now. 

post #1559 of 5003

Off Topic.

 

   To let some of you in here know, in the FS section there is a Beyer pad listed but it is the UK.......biggrin.gif

 

 

Back to the Mods

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guys this is really exciting! ive just been gone for a few days and i missed a lot of stuff here.... dayyuumm!! 
 
anyway, i modded my grado sr80i with the following:
 
1. quarter mod
2. punched four holes on the felt covering of the driver
3. lined the interior with felt
 
i think thats it, this is the sound i want.
 
as i write this im enjoying my girlfriend, norah jones's singing biggrin.gif. ive been very fond of her ever since i heard her through a cafe stereo sipping some creamy beef soup on a fine afternoon and thats waay before my audiophillic days.
 
i used an xacto knife to carve out four holes on the driver felt. i bought some medium weight felt for approx. $2 for a 6-foot by 1-meter and for the project, i only used up no more than the size of my hand. so maybe i can find time to sew me a neat felt coat... 
two tiny circles for the buttons. two medium for the driver magnet back. four 8mm wide strips for the linings of the cups [2 each can].and two very thin strips lined to where the grille meets the chamber.
 
before modding i took one good last listen with the stock cans. two hours later...
you can imagine me with two hands clasped to my mouth and widening those big tuna eyes! BIG difference!
 
not to exagerrate much but i was litterally walking back and forth just trying to comprehend the changes experienced.
its like vegas and the sewers! wow!
 
before i listened to more tracks to test it i threw away all possible placebo, placenta and the platypuses... mind if i write my review here? im hope you wont... tongue.gif
 
massive attack for bass heavy records
i cant remember if the bass seemed deeper but it got this ver noticeable OOMPH! massiver attack? i think thats the term.i can feel my tiny head tremble under the pressure, FOUR HOLES ENOUGH FOR ME. certainly im not a basshead.
put your fingers near the back opening of the can and you can feel the POWER! hahahaha!
 
norah, beatles, sade, police,  etc...
splendid! the sound is very open very smooth without getting harsh. i cant really say about soundstage if it widened of something but i feel the stage became more present.
maracas[ses?] and shakers made a lot of sense now. acoustic guitars get this "ching!" thing going on! maybe this is the result of opening the comfies and im very impressed. you see, i sometimes take off the comfies and listen to music with the painfully hard cans stoked my ear lobes. right away, without comfies and stock cans, the sound is more open but very nasal. but with the mods, its not nasal at all, not even a hint imo.
i dont live in the US and so i took some good 15 minutes to look for a quarter dollar inside the house just to satiate the little OCD in me biggrin.gifis the current quarter the dollar the one with the old man in the mountain minted at the back? what about the eagle-backed quarter? if i use the eagle backed would it make the sound more screaming?
 
 
i dont know if the sound leaked is stronger, i put the cans playing in the living room and i went to the other room to brush and i can still clearly hear john singing jai guru deva!!!
it may just be the unusual silence.
 
anyway, i would like to thank uncle bilavideo for this! my grado is just awesome now! ill send you a dozen e-donuts! =)
 
i would highly recommend the mods in this thread discussed by you amazing folks! the improvements are just awesome. 
 
the hardest part i think was pulling the cups apart after theyre been heated on a pan of hot water. the first one wasnt too hot to soften the glue, i reheated the water, no luck, again, nada. 
then i couldnt take it anymore, i put the pan on top of the hotplate set on low-medium. as the water started steaming, i gave it few more seconds and then tried pulling the cups apart. they slid apart with ample force.
 
thank you again! gs1000.gif
 
next up would be the grado woodies... i shall contact a local sculptor and the local guitar luthier for wood stuff.
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