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post #3526 of 6542

I can't keep from looking at this over the days.  Re-read the Stereophile review.  Femto clock!?!?  Insane.  What must this sound like?  Jeez this is good looking.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Your next DAC :P

 

post #3527 of 6542

I've been busy polishing again...

 

I stripped my shiny Bamboozle's and started again, doing it properly this time. Reason being, I couldn't get the colour I wanted by keep adding onto the existing varnish and they had that much wax on any slight knock produced marks and scratches on the wax.

 

So... I sanded them down to the bone. Put some wood dye on (Rich Mahogony) this really darkened them. I then applied quite a few coats of scratch cover and dark wax polish, this helped build the wax over the raw wood and get the colour that I wanted. By this stage I thought blo*ody hell this is going to take for ever to build the the wax back up, so.... I cheated! and added some coloured lacquer varnish. This ofcourse added a very nice sheen, but it looked unatural. I sanded it down ever so slightly, leaving shiny bits and texture. Added a few more coats of wax polish and bingo!

 

They don't look like Bamboo anymore but I'm very happy with the result. More like an antique dark mahogany. Just need to add a few more coats of wax...

 

1000

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

I've been busy polishing again...

 

I stripped my shiny Bamboozle's and started again, doing it properly this time. Reason being, I couldn't get the colour I wanted by keep adding onto the existing varnish and they had that much wax on any slight knock produced marks and scratches on the wax.

 

So... I sanded them down to the bone. Put some wood dye on (Rich Mahogony) this really darkened them. I then applied quite a few coats of scratch cover and dark wax polish, this helped build the wax over the raw wood and get the colour that I wanted. By this stage I thought blo*ody hell this is going to take for ever to build the the wax back up, so.... I cheated! and added some coloured lacquer varnish. This ofcourse added a very nice sheen, but it looked unatural. I sanded it down ever so slightly, leaving shiny bits and texture. Added a few more coats of wax polish and bingo!

 

They don't look like Bamboo anymore but I'm very happy with the result. More like an antique dark mahogany. Just need to add a few more coats of wax...

 

1000

Looks amazing! You could start selling it as a service!

 

How long does it take to go from standard to what you got there?

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Originally Posted by DamageInc77 View Post

Looks amazing! You could start selling it as a service!

 

How long does it take to go from standard to what you got there?

+1

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

I've been busy polishing again...

 

I stripped my shiny Bamboozle's and started again, doing it properly this time. Reason being, I couldn't get the colour I wanted by keep adding onto the existing varnish and they had that much wax on any slight knock produced marks and scratches on the wax.

 

So... I sanded them down to the bone. Put some wood dye on (Rich Mahogony) this really darkened them. I then applied quite a few coats of scratch cover and dark wax polish, this helped build the wax over the raw wood and get the colour that I wanted. By this stage I thought blo*ody hell this is going to take for ever to build the the wax back up, so.... I cheated! and added some coloured lacquer varnish. This ofcourse added a very nice sheen, but it looked unatural. I sanded it down ever so slightly, leaving shiny bits and texture. Added a few more coats of wax polish and bingo!

 

They don't look like Bamboo anymore but I'm very happy with the result. More like an antique dark mahogany. Just need to add a few more coats of wax...

 

 

Seriously start a service. Or stop posting shots of those Bamboozle's! tongue_smile.gif

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Originally Posted by DamageInc77 View Post

Looks amazing! You could start selling it as a service!

 

How long does it take to go from standard to what you got there?

Cheers bro!  About 2 weeks, but it was all trial and error.. I'd know what to do now, could probs do it in less than a week now.

 

Had a couple of hic-ups aswell like the paint coming off the connectors when I was sanding them, was unavoidable.. Had to touch them up and you can see that I have with very close inspection.

 

If I had more time on my hands I might actually consider doing it for fellow head-fiers, but with work and new baby n'all its just not practical. 

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
If I had more time on my hands I might actually consider doing it for fellow head-fiers, but with work and new baby n'all its just not practical. 

 

Perhaps write up a little tutorial so others can do it themselves?

 

se

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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Seriously start a service. Or stop posting shots of those Bamboozle's! tongue_smile.gif

darthsmile.gif haha

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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post

 

Perhaps write up a little tutorial so others can do it themselves?

 

se

Problem is... I don't want peeps to mess up their very expensive headphones. Seriously! I would hate to see someone try this and regret it. If we were talking about Grado SR80's or something then cool. But LCD2's are a serious investment in this hobby. Sorry. redface.gif 

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

darthsmile.gif haha

Problem is... I don't want peeps to mess up their very expensive headphones. Seriously! I would hate to see someone try this and regret it. If we were talking about Grado SR80's or something then cool. But LCD2's are a serious investment in this hobby. Sorry. redface.gif 

You posted your methods earlier in the thread, I do believe.  You're not trying to...bamboozle us?

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Originally Posted by dagothur View Post

You posted your methods earlier in the thread, I do believe.  You're not trying to...bamboozle us?

Haha yeah but first time round I was only adding wax onto the existing varnish, can't really do much damage, though I still added a warning. With this method I completely skinned em alive! They were screaming maan...! Not good. Though now that they've recovered and had a look in the mirror they're as proud as punch! gs1000.gif

post #3536 of 6542

Those are really nice looking!

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

I've been busy polishing again...

 

I stripped my shiny Bamboozle's and started again, doing it properly this time. Reason being, I couldn't get the colour I wanted by keep adding onto the existing varnish and they had that much wax on any slight knock produced marks and scratches on the wax.

 

So... I sanded them down to the bone. Put some wood dye on (Rich Mahogony) this really darkened them. I then applied quite a few coats of scratch cover and dark wax polish, this helped build the wax over the raw wood and get the colour that I wanted. By this stage I thought blo*ody hell this is going to take for ever to build the the wax back up, so.... I cheated! and added some coloured lacquer varnish. This ofcourse added a very nice sheen, but it looked unatural. I sanded it down ever so slightly, leaving shiny bits and texture. Added a few more coats of wax polish and bingo!

 

They don't look like Bamboo anymore but I'm very happy with the result. More like an antique dark mahogany. Just need to add a few more coats of wax...

 

1000

post #3537 of 6542

LugBug(1!) what sonic changes have you noticed, if any, as a result of the polishing?

 

Icenine(2!) I look forward to your impressions of your forthcoming MSB with Femto clock very_evil_smiley.gif

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Originally Posted by Icenine2 View Post

Those are really nice looking!

Thanks bud!

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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

LugBug(1!) what sonic changes have you noticed, if any, as a result of the polishing?

 

Don't know, I haven't actually listnened to them. Only bought them to polish biggrin.gif

post #3539 of 6542

Hahahahaha nice display picture LugBug, just realised what it was.

post #3540 of 6542

I've been quite critical of the LCD-2 in the past. I lived with one of the very first rev.2's for a year and it was a love/hate relationship. I moved that on a few months ago and thought I'd washed my hands of Audez'e. Inexplicably and on impulse I purchased a brand LCD-2 in this latest iteration (Rosewood).

 

The new LCD-2 came in today and I must say it is beautiful. The one I sold was one of the very first rev.2's and was a little rough around the edges (somewhat of a DIY look). This latest version is incredibly polished. The Rosewood is much nicer and the leather is very soft. The earpads are a lot cushier than the ones on my previous pair. This is how I imagined the LCD-3 pads to feel when I read the initial impressions against the traditional LCD-2 pads. The headphone clamps less as a result. Overall the headphone feels lighter as well. I never really found my previous pair uncomfortable, but this one sits better on the head and feels less cumbersome.

 

Have only been listening for about 30 minutes, but there's no doubt, this one sounds much better than my previous rev.2. That one was all glorious sub bass and no high end to speak of. It was fine most of the time but there were instances when a veil would rear its head. This one has much better balance, confirmed by the more even FR chart. Vocals through this headphone are sublime.

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