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Originally Posted by ulogin View Post

From Justin's own listing at eBay:

"I have been at my wit's end with people wanting to return these for a full refund.  What they don't realize is that after buying the headphones, parts, and shipping I barely make anything selling these.  Then, people expect a full refund within a week after I used like 80% of the money just for parts and shipping.  It is defaulting my Paypal account and is incredibly annoying.... I just thought I would do some people a favor who don't know how to mod and wanted wooden T50RP's.  I have had so many people wanting full refunds and to return these . . . . I would really appreciate it if people would do this for me so I can continue selling these to people that understand that they won't sound exactly like the "Thunderpants" made by Smeggy.  I can't imagine his being "THAT" much different from mine because they both use the same driver and the same kind of wood "Hardwood".  I have used the felt like he does. . . . It would save me a huge amount of headaches I am experiencing right now.

 

Source:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Wooden-Fostex-T50RP-Maplepants-v1-/250991949768?pt=DJ_Gear_Lighting&hash=item3a704937c8

 

This is just too funny.

 

I'm sorry to say, but just felt + wood does not equal a good, tuned headphone that is even near what Smeggy is offering.  Drilling a few hasty holes in the bottoms of the cups and expecting to create bass miracles just doesn't work that way either.  His maple cups were quite thick and enough of the wood / meat was not carved out to give the chamber sufficient area that the driver needs in order to sound good.  The cedar cups that were previously offered were bored out a bit better - but the wood wasn't treated properly and led to cracking in several of the pairs that were sold.  

 

Oh, and the "irony" in one of his reviews on eBay:

 

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post #47 of 270

Well I'm the guy that fixed his two O2's (Both going to others, the one going to ulogin here in the thread) and his gamma2 DAC.  While I did get my money, it may have been because I had his DAC and O2's that were built for others.  I could not tell you how many times I heard that he needed them shipped by the 16th because he was leaving for Alaska, a very demanding person for someone that seems to be dropping the ball on his end, but here is the gist of it.

 

I was selling a 2 channel B22 and ulogin purchased the amp from me, and he had mentioned about his O2 and it not working so I said maybe I could fix it (I've built my own and have 20 years of electronics hobbiest experience) and he in turn had Justin contact me, I could tell from the get go that Justin is a very 'nervous' person with many, many PMs.  We agreed that I would fix these two O2's for a Fiio E10 in exchange and this is where the fun starts.  

 

He was to ship the items to me and mentioned that he had a Gamma2 that also dose not work, he was in luck that I also have built a Gamma2 and told him I would take a look at it but it would cost more because the Gamma2 was more complex (Surface mount chips, etc) but before we agreed on any price Justin offers a pair of headphones (Don't remember what kind).  I replied that I had no interest in another set of phones, but was interested in the E10 with a bit of cash for fixing the three items.  He then tells me that he sold the E10 and offers me a pair of headphones (Don't remember the kind), I replied that I had no interest in the headphones.  He then offered them again and I replied lets just make it for $85.00, he said OK but it'll be a bit before he can pay, and he shipped the items (With a loan from ulogin, I believe).  I received the items (Poorly packed in a cardboard USPS envelope with no padding) and preceded to repair them.

 

His soldering skills are mediocre at best but I understand someone has to start somewhere but don't sell items that you can't build (O2's are quite easy)  I had both of the O2's fixed in one night baring a bad op-amp in one.  ulogin's O2 did not work simply from bad soldering and poorly clipped wires, the other had those issues plus a broken pin on an op-amp which I repaired and just a bad op-amp which needed to be replaced (I bought it from mouser with my own money since it was cheap)  I was surprised that someone would sell such poor work.

 

I then took a look at his Gamma2, nothing worked no power at all (There is a lengthy thread on AMBs forum about his Gamma2 and how the soldering is poor, and people trying to help him, etc.) Again very poor soldering and even one of the surface mount chips was just off on it's pads causing many shorts (I admit I though to myself how could someone spend the money to build this and do so poor at it)  After removing and fixing some of the surface mount chips, I got power to the board and got most everything working but discovered the DAC chip on one of the boards to not be functioning (most likely from solder bridges that allowed 5V into a 3.3V chip) and told him it needed to be replaced.  He somehow had a second chip he sent to me to use but seeing his shipping and fearing that the second chip might be damaged from static discharge I went and ordered my own from Mouser for $10.00

 

I then preceded to repair his Gamma2 only to discover another bad component.  Now all along though this process I kept getting PM's about how he sold this so he could pay me sooner and that I need this all shipped by this day, then telling me I bought this so it'll be delayed, etc.  I feared dragging this on to long so I removed the needed component from my own functioning Gamma2 to fix his!  With the last component in place his Gamma2 was fully working.  

 

I also noticed that he was trying to drill out a faceplate for his Gamma2 and again saw that he wasn't doing a very good job of it.  Having just built a CNC router I offered to make him 2 plexi faceplates for his Gamma2 for an extra $15.00 making a total of $100.00.  I made the plates and he asked me to send him pictures of the unit so he could see the plates, which I did.

 

Then ulogin brought to my attention that he was selling his Gamma2 here on head-fi.  I said how can he be I still have it on my desk! (I was actually listening though it to test it)  Well, he had used the pictures of the faceplates that I took and used them in his posting for the ad!

 

He then told me he would be late paying me but asked me if I could ship the items to him, after reading this thread and a couple others at other forums I told him he would need to pay me before I shipped them.  He then told me he sold something (don't recall what it was) and he could pay me.  In a couple days I had my $100.00 and shipped ulogin's O2 directly to him (Before I was paid , felt bad about all he had been through) since he was afraid he wouldn't get it from Justin before he left for Alaska and shipped the other 2 items to Justin.

 

That's the gist of my story, I did get paid but it was an interesting ordeal.  Justin then asked me a few times to make panels for his O2 ( don't know if one I fixed or not) but I just didn't want to get involved knowing he was leaving soon.

 

Like I said I got my money so I can't say anything about that but I would be weary of his soldering work if someone was to purchase something from him.

 

Maybe this will fill in some of the blanks here.

 

I have to say I really don't like to post about someone doing bad work as I too had to start somewhere but in this case with the lack of payment to others and the fact that he did poor work and then sold it, I have to say something here.  I am by no means ripping on his skills, I would hate to have someone do that to me, I'm just informing of the work quality and how things panned out.


Edited by Starfire - 5/24/12 at 8:05pm
post #48 of 270

Here you all go.  You can see how this guy was jumping around like crazy.  He offered to sell the amp to me about 4 times in 6 or so hours, but recanted on most of those messages.  Finally, in the last message, he was asking me for $95.00, so he could buy the IEMs.  Something seemed really "odd" after this conversation and I'm glad I held back.  I can also see why he was trying hard to push the Gamma, too.  Had he received the funds for the Asgard and the Gamma, he would have bailed out and I would have been out about $450.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin,

 

Greetings!  I was wondering if you have the Asgard amp?  What do you think of it?  Do you love it, or are you considering selling it?

 

Thanks,

 

Wayne

 

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I am considering selling it.  I just need the money more than the amp right now but I have to say it's much much better than the O2 and it's right in line with the Bottlehead Crack.  I'd say if it had just a tad bit more warmness, it would beat the Crack easily.  It's very nice.  Are you interested in it?  I am moving back to IEMs, I am getting the RE262 and don't really need this powerful of an amp.  I am thinking of just getting the E10 again since it does everything I enjoy just right.  Let me know if your interested, for you I would sell it for $185 shipped.

Justin

 
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wje
May 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Justin,

 

Did it come with the power supply, the RCA to mini cable?  Your price is good.  Would you be able to ship it with Priority Mail?  I have the PayPal funds.

 

Thanks,

 

Wayne

 

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

It came with everything.  AC cord, Dual RCA to mini cable, Amp, box, instructions, etc.  If you want it priority I can ship it for $190.  Send it as a gift to favrekiln@gmail.com.  Yay now I can afford my RE262 and maybe the E17.  Is the E17 a lot better than the E10 do you think?  Thanks again!

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I also have the Gamma y1 and y2 for sale.  Check it out.  Some guy fixed it up for me and made custom plates for it.  It looks amazing.  If you want that I'd sell it for $270 shipped.  I put in over $400 into it and it's easily worth $270 since it's brand new and I upgraded the chip to the Wolfson WM8742.  Haven't heard it yet but paired with my Asgard I would say it would be pretty stunning.  Wish I could keep the setup but honestly I just don't need that powerful a setup since I am not driving high end headphones anymore and I enjoy the E10 for what it is.  The E17 might be a nice upgrade though.

 
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wje
May 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Justin,

 

The E17 is supposed to be an excellent DAC / Amp.  However, as you know, it is in very short supply.  The distributor in my area (Micca Store) indicated that it would be late June before they get the next batch in.  The MSRP is supposed to be only $139.  However, due to the shortage, people are selling them for $175 on eBay and $210 on Amazon.

 

I can get the payment to you shortly.  Just let me know when you can ship the amp.

 

Thanks,

 

Wayne

 

 

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I have been reading on the E17, but I don't know how much better it's going to be for double the price of the E10.  Honestly I think the E10 did a very nice job with my Thunderpants and it should do very nice with the RE262 as well.  Man I am having a hard time letting go of the Asgard.  I want to sell the Gamma before the Asgard because I put in over $400 to have it fixed, new faceplates, upgraded Wolfson chip, parts, etc.  And the Asgard I got a good deal on and it's just so nice and would be more than enough for any headphone venture I get into.  But I do want the RE262 more right now.  If you pay today I can ship the amp tomorrow.  But it's got a grip on me.  I had a hard time letting go of the GR06 that I just sold back for what I paid for them, but this Asgard is gripping me tighter.  I can't even type that's how much I enjoy it.  What do you think about the Gamma y2 and the Fiio E6 as an amp.  I heard people say the E6 does quite nicely with their RE262.  It has a bass boost, mid range boost, and lower impedence option on it as well.  If I tied that to my Gamma do you think it will have enough juice to supply to my Thunderpants and RE262?

Justin

 
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wje
May 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Justin,

 

Give the Asgard some more thought - think about it tonight and then decide.  The E10 should perform quite well, and give you the desktop power via the USB.  The E17 would need to be docked, or run as a stand-alone, which means only about 15 hours of battery life.  I think if you get the E10 in the near future,  you could probably sell it in a few months for a bit less than you paid for it, then jump on the E17 when there is plenty of stock and the prices are better.

 

Wayne

 

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Well without your money I am out of luck on the RE262 anyways.  I really want to try those.  I think the E6 should definitely be enough for them.  Of course I will have tons of money this summer, but I want to save most of that to eventually move out.

Justin

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Alright go ahead and send me the money and I will get the Asgard out to you.  I think I am going to get the E10 again and make a custom desktop build of the O2.  It did everything right for me and I will be saving some money.  So go ahead and send the money and I will get it out to you tomorrow if you send the payment before 10pm tonight.

Justin

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Man I am having second thoughts about this.  I really want to sell it because I want those RE262, but I am having a hard time finding out what I want instead of the Asgard now.  The O2 is a good alternative.  I would feel so much more comfortable selling you both the Asgard and Gamma y1+y2.  Are you sure your not interested in it?  I put in near $600 for the combo, I will sell you both for $450 if your interested.  I would feel so much better selling them both and just starting fresh.  That is shipping priority as well.  It is basically the ultimate mid-fi setup, you can't go wrong with it.  It's just too much than I really need.

Justin

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

If you can't get both I am sorry I do not want to sell it.  I figured I would do this to you and I am sorry.  It's just finding an alternative setup is very hard and my Gamma y2 and Asgard match up perfectly to each other and will sound pretty awesome and be set in stone for anything I venture in to for a long time from now.  BTW don't get Apollo 18 movie it's pretty stupid.

Justin

 
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wje
May 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Justin,

 

No problem.  I understand your desire to keep the Asgard, since it pairs well with your DAC.  That's not a problem for me as I see a few Asgard amps for sale here and there.  I'll be OK at locating another one.

 

Thanks,

 

Wayne

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I want to sell it to you so bad because I need the money but I just like it THAT much and it will pair very well with my Gamma y2 since it's almost identical.  The asgards I see aren't no where near my quality one though.  I will tell you what, if you can pay me $195 right now it is yours.  Paypal is favrekiln@gmail.com.  I will ship it priority tomorrow first thing.  If you pay I won't go back on my word.

Justin

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Just because I want to get these RE262 and he has a good deal that I don't want to get away.  I will figure something out.  Pay me now!

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Please pay before 10pm so I can ship it tomorrow for you.  Paypal is favrekiln@gmail.com.  I need the money tonight so I can get the RE262 in time before I leave.

Justin

 
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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Are you still there, I will honestly sell it to you tonight but please pay soon so I can get these RE262.  Please respond so I can stop messaging!

 
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wje
May 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Justin,

 

No, I'm fine. After your message about the desire to sell both the Gamma and Asgard got me thinking a bit.  I'm going to spend a bit more time researching my options regarding what is available.  I have plenty of power amps at the moment to drive my headphones.  The Asgard was a quick thought and a desire to try out something that I've wanted to give a spin.  But, the Lyr looks quite interesting, too.

 

Thanks again,

 

Wayne

 

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jschristian44
May 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

This Asgard performs better than the other 2 models suprinsingly.  Just read everywhere.  Please buy it!  I would really appreciate it.  If not I will stop bugging you.  I just don't want this guy to sell these RE262 to anyone.  Can I at least have the $95 while you think about it?  I can pay it back to you in like 2 weeks.

Justin

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BTW here is the ad for the Gamma2 with my pictures in it!

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/610007/keeping-gamma-y1-full-config-y2-wolfson-wm8742-keeping

 

 

Link to Full size version with my name watermarked on it.  Only I have the full res version.

 

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Edited by Starfire - 5/24/12 at 8:27pm
post #50 of 270

One thing though: If Justin really had to refund the many ebayers who bought his wooden T50RP (and wooden only without any tuning), it would mean that he actually has at hand quite a few T50RP, which in turn means that he could send the phones to IANO and ALAMAKAZAM easily. But since he actually never sent them the phones and took their money (and mine) to Alaska... Oh well, the mod told me that he's not taking away his "member of the trade" status. Should I regard my money and my headphone drivers as spilled milk...

 

 

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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I'm sorry to say, but just felt + wood does not equal a good, tuned headphone that is even near what Smeggy is offering.  Drilling a few hasty holes in the bottoms of the cups and expecting to create bass miracles just doesn't work that way either.  His maple cups were quite thick and enough of the wood / meat was not carved out to give the chamber sufficient area that the driver needs in order to sound good.  The cedar cups that were previously offered were bored out a bit better - but the wood wasn't treated properly and led to cracking in several of the pairs that were sold.  

 

Oh, and the "irony" in one of his reviews on eBay:

 

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Originally Posted by Starfire View Post

I also noticed that he was trying to drill out a faceplate for his Gamma2 and again saw that he wasn't doing a very good job of it.  Having just built a CNC router I offered to make him 2 plexi faceplates for his Gamma2 for an extra $15.00 making a total of $100.00.  I made the plates and he asked me to send him pictures of the unit so he could see the plates, which I did.

 

 

Did the plates look like these??

 

 

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Originally Posted by ulogin View Post

One thing though: If Justin really had to refund the many ebayers who bought his wooden T50RP (and wooden only without any tuning), it would mean that he actually has at hand quite a few T50RP, which in turn means that he could send the phones to IANO and ALAMAKAZAM easily. But since he actually never sent them the phones and took their money (and mine) to Alaska... Oh well, the mod told me that he's not taking away his "member of the trade" status. Should I regard my money and my headphone drivers as spilled milk...

 

 

Correct.  However, if you were to search for any of his posts, you would see a "Caution" message indicating that he has not fulfilled his end of the deal on recent trades, which has been applied by the moderators.  People will see the message next to his avatar and ID and immediately realize that caution should be utilized when dealing with Justin.

 

Edit: It appears he has also been "banned" from the forum:

 

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Edited by wje - 5/24/12 at 8:15pm
post #53 of 270
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

Did the plates look like these??

 

 

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That's them though he only sent the one to me.

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Is anyone going to be filing a paypal complaint? My 45 day limit (even though I gifted) will be ending on friday for a paypal refund. I *really* don't want to screw this guy over because I do genuinely think he's just simply over his head, but I can't swallow another $150. I also just lost a pair of Westone UM2's from the Latvian guy and am a little short on trust at the moment.

I'm very conflicted at the moment, anyone have advice?

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Is anyone going to be filing a paypal complaint? My 45 day limit (even though I gifted) will be ending on friday for a paypal refund. I *really* don't want to screw this guy over because I do genuinely think he's just simply over his head, but I can't swallow another $150. I also just lost a pair of Westone UM2's from the Latvian guy and am a little short on trust at the moment.

I'm very conflicted at the moment, anyone have advice?

I'd say file the complaint. He's in Alaska for god knows how long, and who knows when if ever you may get your stuff. Worst case scenario, you can go back and reorder your stuff from him later (I don't know why you would though). I've only been here a short while, but I've sold stuff on other forums for years, and I personally would be mortified if I left a buyer waiting or sold something that I wouldn't personally use. If you've already been screwed over once by one scam, I would take the sensible route and file a claim here... I understand you don't want to screw him over, but he put himself in this position by taking on jobs that he is clearly not able to finish.

post #56 of 270

That's where I'm conflicted, he had good reviews, so I'm not sure what happened.  

 

I got my money but that might be because I had his items.

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I'd say file the complaint. He's in Alaska for god knows how long, and who knows when if ever you may get your stuff. Worst case scenario, you can go back and reorder your stuff from him later (I don't know why you would though). I've only been here a short while, but I've sold stuff on other forums for years, and I personally would be mortified if I left a buyer waiting or sold something that I wouldn't personally use. If you've already been screwed over once by one scam, I would take the sensible route and file a claim here... I understand you don't want to screw him over, but he put himself in this position by taking on jobs that he is clearly not able to finish.

 

True, I'll think about it.

More detail to the story is I ordered an O2 on April 11th. He hadn't even started until maybe a week ago, when he was looking at ordering parts (but didn't because I asked for a refund). But he did say he would refund me on June 7th (which would be too late to file a complaint), but he also said he would refund me before he left if he sold his Gamma (which he didn't even though he sold it).

What I don't like is if he gets a complaint, they lock up his account and freeze his funds for a few months (though he will be in Alaska).

 

Also, for people that are more experienced with Paypal, can you file a complaint to get a refund if it was sent as gift?

 

If anyone else could chime in on what I should do (detailed in my last post), I'd be very appreciative. I feel really bad about all this.


Edited by Taowolf51 - 5/24/12 at 8:40pm
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

Here you all go.  You can see how this guy was jumping around like crazy.  He offered to sell the amp to me about 4 times in 6 or so hours, but recanted on most of those messages.  Finally, in the last message, he was asking me for $95.00, so he could buy the IEMs.  Something seemed really "odd" after this conversation and I'm glad I held back.  I can also see why he was trying hard to push the Gamma, too.  Had he received the funds for the Asgard and the Gamma, he would have bailed out and I would have been out about $450.00.

 

 

 

Interesting read. And it turns out that Justin has been begging around for money since July last year. The following is taken from:

http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-740457-p-38.html

 

 

07-07-11, 04:44 PM
thank you for your continuing support to keep this thread alive. all donations should be made to jschristian44@gmail.com. thank you and have a blessed day.
ahsposo
07-07-11, 05:04 PM
thank you for your continuing support to keep this thread alive. all donations should be made to jschristian44@gmail.com. thank you and have a blessed day.

Do you take PayPal?
droped
07-07-11, 05:06 PM
:( I got a feeling this thread's days might now be numbered.
jschristian44
07-07-11, 05:35 PM
i was just kidding about the donations, please do not send me anything. i feel this thread should end on page 100. just to make it even. we can get there. heck i remember when the thread was only at 14 pages and i thought that was a lot. how in the world did we get all the way to 75.
post #59 of 270

Wow.  He had me fooled.  

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Thread Starter 

shall we gather more victims, and we submit a mass petition to paypal

 

since most of us have already pass the dispute claim period


Edited by alamakazam - 5/24/12 at 9:58pm
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