music hath charms
Thank you…after my ears ringing with the Stax I knew what I was going to get.
I use PS1Ke short for PS-1000e by Grado Labs
Hope you find it now, if not...
I'm really not sure which are which, but I believe the Vintage A are the most desirable.
Maybe @kayandjohn will chime in…he knows better than I do about the different M/Y's.
In a word, YES! The buttoned RS1 is a collector's item, and at least one person (me) finds them to sound better than the RS1i and many folks find that the RS1i sounds better than the current RS1e. At a list price of $700 for the RS1e, you would do well to get these at $700. I got mine in a trade of a HE-500 (listed new at $800, now used at about $500) plus a FiiO Mont Blanc E-12 amp (new price of about $120), so in line with that price, and that was more than a year ago.
I gave my rare vintage Grado HF-1 headphones a Christmas present. Here are its Before and After pictures:
The brown headband sheath was purchased from Grado. It is the one used on the current GS1000e and RS2e. I think it looks fabulous with the wood buttons, and it adds some padding that the black original sheath did not have.
Plus there NOS according to the seller.
Funny thing is, he says he purchased these a few years ago from Joseph Grado himself…I wonder how many of these may be around NOS at Grado Labs?
Those HP1000 HP1 also have two enhancements... the Ultra Wideband cable and the second generation of pads as improved by Joseph Grado. These are improvements that he would make to HP1s and HP2s sent back to him, over the period of up to a year and for around $2,000 (as well as put special paste around the inside of the earcups and do something to the aluminum, and according to one disappointed user of the upgrade service, remove the polarity switches that distinguish the HP1 from the HP2 and HP3 versions of the HP1000.) Reviews are mixed on whether it improved, or just changed, the sound, but most people think it improved it.
WOW!! Great! Listening on my GH-1s with G CUSH while I should be going to bed (12:40 pm here!)