This is pretty brutal.
This just in: I now fear ants.
Just my two cents ... The 009's come with a gorgeous wooden case, suitable for display AND storing your headphones ...
Now, in terms of your growing myrmecophobia, it's time to play the classic cult film "Them" from 1954.
I keep the phones on a Woo stand, with the Stax plastic cover to protect from dust.
I am happy to report that the ants have disappeared, not only from the SR-009, but also from the rest of the audio rack. Second day in a row without rain, and no trace of ant to be found anywhere in the house. It's a shame; the whole last week I perhaps listened to 1 or 2 hours total, and now I've got a terrible cold with clogged sinuses so no listening anytime soon either. It just doesn't sound right under these conditions. I'm glad all my audio investment squandering is paying off
From a future Head-Fi FS listing:
FS - Nature Lover's Stax 009 headphones
It's hard to part with these but I'm one of those few crazy people who gets "freaked" out when lovable critters crawl around in my ear canal. These Stax are lightly used and were kept fastidiously in their plastic cover the whole time. These headphones are actually a multipurpose device, much like a Swiss army knife. On the one hand they are a premium pair of headphones, on the other a home to some industrious little buggers who just won't quit. Have you ever heard Aesop's fable about the ant and the grasshopper? The ants know what is truly valuable - a pair of Stax 009 headphones. Comes with all original accessories and an extra bottle of jam to keep the ants fed and content. (The last thing you want is a society of ants rebellious from malnutrition in your Stax.)
Please understand that these 009's are a one-in-a-kind pair. No modder or tweaker could replicate the unique ecological set of circumstances that led to these Stax being chosen among all other Stax as a hub of commerce and social networking among another species. As such, I truly can't settle for any less than $6,000 to pry them from my hands. This pair is for serious collector's intent on the most exclusive and unique headphones available. If you have to ask if you're a serious collector you probably aren't, because if you were you would have already PM'ed me.
It is truly hard to let these go, but I do hope that their future users can appreciate them as much as I have.
Oh, and they're fire ants by the way.
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