I find myself going into Dollarama stores and staring at the strainers in the cookware section, imaging a screen mod for some Grados or Senns.
This is an amazing thread! It reminded me of when (about 12 years ago) I built RS-1 cups from scratch. I used SR225 drivers in those cups but in the long run, I ended up not really liking the sound. There an awful lot more to the RS-1 that wood.
Those hand made wood cups are beautiful!
Actually, as a former owner of an RS-1 (classic version with buttons), I can safely testify that my modded cans (SR325is) with cocobolo shells match the RS-1 all the way...and then some. A close friend of mine who owns the newer RS-1 (buttonless non-i) version brought his can over and we had a grueling shootout between the two that lasted no less than 5 hours. In the end, in total disbelief, we both concluded the cocobolo modded can had the edge. Having said that, we did however also discover that the cocobolo can exhibited more mid-bass than the RS-1. Not so much that it becomes a problem but it's noticeable when you start comparing. Other than that, I just couldn't fault the can...even up till today.
Before this, I have been looking to buy back a RS-1 (not a day goes by I fail to browse various For-Sale sites, including Head-Fi) but I am happy it never happened because all these mods paid off. The only thing I would think about next is a PS1000. Unlike Bill, I have not properly listened to a PS1000 to be able to judge / compare it fairly. I only had a brief encounter with it (perhaps less than 5 minutes) during a business trip and that was it. Initial impressions are that they are big and bold sounding whilst beautifully retaining the good ol' sweet Grado sound. I'd love to have the chance to listen to them again someday...
Till that day comes, I am going all out enjoying my resurgent SR325isc :) Bliss...
Edited by etteoh - 3/3/11 at 12:38am