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Hairdryer is at least more common...

post #62 of 5003
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post

Oh man! I keep eyeballing my poor innocent 225i. I have ten thumbs, two left hands and the dexterity of an elephant trying to text message. I'd almost certainly destroy something.  The one question I do have is, wouldn't the steam used to open the rear housing damage the driver or wires in any way? I'd really like to woody mine and add a nice headband. Maybe Blu-Tack the back of the driver. A recable is out of the question.  Keep up the good work!


Thanks!  I'm the elephant trying to text.  I've destroyed several Grados, though each act of wanton destruction is an educational experience.  Venting and amping are easy.  Recabling involves soldering wires, which is not so difficult once you muster the courage to get started (It took me several days to do that).  I was surprised, both at how cheap I could get silver wire and by the improvement it brought.  Silver is only 7% more conductive than copper wire of the same gauge.  While I doubt it provides more than 7% improvement, that 7% is noticeable - and not just in subtleties that remain indistinguishable from a placebo effect.  In all fairness, I also shortened the cable 60% and used a four-wire braid to provide each cup its own ground.  Whatever the case, I've been bombarded with too many sensory treats - and often unexpected ones - to write it all off as mass hysteria.  I still think the commercial cables are vastly overrated and overpriced, especially when you can buy the wire, yourself, and "roll your own."

 

I'm now onto woodies, which are currently kicking my butt.  I recently purchased some hole saws of various diameters and went to work making woodies in my utility room.


saw.jpg

 

It's really the little things that matter, like being able to create circles that look like circles.

 

start.jpg

 

So far, I've created - and botched - three of these but I'm getting better.  I don't know how many I'll go through before I hit paydirt, but I'd have to wreck a lot more of these before I'd want to give up in shame.

 

BoardsAndHoles.jpg

 

No success yet, but the only way I can fail is to quit.  Where's the fun in that?

post #63 of 5003

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Originally Posted by Bilavideo  

" Thanks!  I'm the elephant trying to text.  I've destroyed several Grados, though each act of wanton destruction is an educational experience.  Venting and amping are easy.  Recabling involves soldering wires, which is not so difficult once you muster the courage to get started (It took me several days to do that).  I was surprised, both at how cheap I could get silver wire and by the improvement it brought.  Silver is only 7% more conductive than copper wire of the same gauge.  While I doubt it provides more than 7% improvement, that 7% is noticeable - and not just in subtleties that remain indistinguishable from a placebo effect.  In all fairness, I also shortened the cable 60% and used a four-wire braid to provide each cup its own ground.  Whatever the case, I've been bombarded with too many sensory treats - and often unexpected ones - to write it all off as mass hysteria.  I still think the commercial cables are vastly overrated and overpriced, especially when you can buy the wire, yourself, and "roll your own."
I'm now onto woodies, which are currently kicking my butt.  I recently purchased some hole saws of various diameters and went to work making woodies in my utility room.


It's really the little things that matter, like being able to create circles that look like circles.


So far, I've created - and botched - three of these but I' m getting better.  I don't know how many I'll go through before I hit paydirt, but I'd have to wreck a lot more of these before I'd want to give up in shame.


No success yet, but the only way I can fail is to quit.  Where's the fun in that?"


I applaud the courage and effort and the results. I look forward to seeing the final product. :)

post #64 of 5003

hmm......  to buy a SR60 and to do this. love messing with things but rarely can put it back together lol.  great write up bill. thanks for potentially making me spend more money on something i dont need.

post #65 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Bilavideo View Post
No success yet, but the only way I can fail is to quit.  Where's the fun in that?



1st time building a woody with a drill saw is indeed hardcore. 1st critical thing is keeping the drill in angle, 2nd is being patient (otherwise machine & wood overheat), 3rd thing is usage of "reasonable" wood with homogenious shares of early and late wood. With pine, spruce or so you are very likely to fail.

 

I'm glad that I'm away from that sh*t since I got my lathe, although the follow-up costs for tools and sharpening stuff were horrible...


Edited by nickchen - 8/25/10 at 12:27am
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1st time building a woody with a drill saw is indeed hardcore. 1st critical thing is keeping the drill in angle, 2nd is being patient (otherwise machine & wood overheat), 3rd thing is usage of "reasonable" wood with homogenious shares of early and late wood. With pine, spruce or so you are very likely to fail.

 

I'm glad that I'm away from that sh*t since I got my lathe, although the follow-up costs for tools and sharpening stuff were horrible...


Good advice!  I notice on the third attempt that patience made a big difference in QC.  I think the wood I'm using is too stringy.  It falls apart too easily.  I had a chance to buy a lathe.  I should have jumped at it.

post #67 of 5003

bilavideo- what kind of wood are you using? and what thickness? are you building a distancer or is this for the back of the phones? i'm going to be working on mine this weekend- my first attempt at modding

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Originally Posted by dull View Post

bilavideo- what kind of wood are you using? and what thickness? are you building a distancer or is this for the back of the phones? i'm going to be working on mine this weekend- my first attempt at modding


I don't know what this stuff is.  They were throwing it away as scraps at Home Depot and my kid picked it up.  I thought I'd practice on it before seeking out more expensive options.  The thickness is only a few millimeters.  I'm not building a distancer.  I'm building full shells.  I intend to liberate these phones of all the plastic.  I hate the sound of plastic.

post #69 of 5003

I'm very interested to see the end result of these...

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I notice on the third attempt that patience made a big difference in QC.  I think the wood I'm using is too stringy.  It falls apart too easily.  I had a chance to buy a lathe.  I should have jumped at it.



Beware, a lathe isn't easier, just a bit quicker. But most of that time gain gets eaten up by getting & keeping the tools sharp, which is a real pain in the ass. And turning with 3/4 sharp or even dull tools is an absolute no-go. Sharpening by hand or by means of a cheap grinding machine doesn't really work, and a specialized sharpening device for turning tools costed my 7 times as much as the lathe itself. Actually, it turned out that I had to invest almost 1K € before getting completely as ready as I was with drill saw technique.

 

Drill saws are perfect for occasional usage, and if you invest into a cheap upright for your drill, you'll get results which are as perfect as if being produced "professionally".

 


Edited by nickchen - 8/26/10 at 2:15am
post #71 of 5003

If you don't have any glue (like me) an easy solution is to

heat up another pan of water

Put cans back together

put the cans in

leave for 2-3 mins

carefully take out

wrap in towel and leave for ~30 mins

 

I call it the ninja mod, because it's the same as a factory one

post #72 of 5003
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Well, it's happening.  On my fourth attempt, I got a ring I could use.  On my fifth attempt, I got a better one.  That gives me half of what I'm looking for.  Whoever said to go slow and keep the angle steady was right on the money.  Better advice was never had by any man with a saw in his hand.

 

I'll upload pics after making the next two rings.  They won't be pretty (sanded, stained or lacquered) but they'll be both functional and suggestive of where things might go from here.  The two shells I've already installed on my SR60 fit right over the plastic like a shoe.  I'm still interested in liberating the drivers from their plastic prisons but that's a delicate matter for another day.  I don't want to push my luck at the blackjack table.  Right now, I have a poor man's HF1.  In a few minutes, I hope to have a poor man's RS1.  My Droid X is dead so I'll post the pics after I've finished the cutting.  This is an exciting turn of events for someone as carpentry-challenged as myself.


Edited by Bilavideo - 8/26/10 at 5:01pm
post #73 of 5003

I see you're acquiring a sr225

Are you planning on modding it up too?

post #74 of 5003
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Originally Posted by luvs2squizz View Post

I see you're acquiring a sr225

Are you planning on modding it up too?


Yes, I just got an SR225i, in outstanding condition.  It has the garden hose cable of the PS1000 and a healthy thump reminiscent of the PS1000.  Whatever Grado did on the PS1000, he must have given some of the other cans - in "i" edition - a taste of the bigtime.  I need to put some jumbos on this can and see what it sounds like in comparison to the PS1000.  I don't think it has been completely burned in.  It still has some of that stiffness typical of new cans.  Right now, my modded SR60 has greater clarity.  I think it's partly due to the cable upgrade, the best $50 I ever spent.

post #75 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Bilavideo View Post

Well, it's happening.  On my fourth attempt, I got a ring I could use.  On my fifth attempt, I got a better one.  That gives me half of what I'm looking for.  Whoever said to go slow and keep the angle steady was right on the money.  Better advice was never had by any man with a saw in his hand.

 

I'll upload pics after making the next two rings.  They won't be pretty (sanded, stained or lacquered) but they'll be both functional and suggestive of where things might go from here.  The two shells I've already installed on my SR60 fit right over the plastic like a shoe.  I'm still interested in liberating the drivers from their plastic prisons but that's a delicate matter for another day.  I don't want to push my luck at the blackjack table.  Right now, I have a poor man's HF1.  In a few minutes, I hope to have a poor man's RS1.  My Droid X is dead so I'll post the pics after I've finished the cutting.  This is an exciting turn of events for someone as carpentry-challenged as myself.

 

So, I have NOT built woodies, so, take what I say with a grain of salt.

 

I have, however, made many curves in wood. Mostly free hand. Think the opposite way. Build yourself a simple jig and use a router to go around the outside of a piece of wood. A poor man's lathe if you will. IMHO, much, much easier to control the end product. With something as primitive as a rotozip, you just put a post on the center of the right diameter and work the guide around the outside of the post. A perfect circle every time.

 

Just like sculpture, remove anything that does not look like a circle!
 

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