Here is his mum singing, you can easily hear where his inspiration came from!
Wow, that's pretty dramatic considering the time frame. My pair looks pretty much the same to my eyes, but then I haven't used them as much as you most likely. I also wipe them down after every use.
I'm HOPING they end up developing a green patina. That would look so striking and unique. I'd rather they not just get muddy brown / dull.
The Heaven IV is the least colored of the Heaven lineup to my ears, perhaps the most "un-FAD" of their BAs (though I'd still say the Adagio V ranks as the least FADish sounding earphone of all to my ears, almost cold sounding to me). It sounds fairly balanced overall with a touch of midrange warmth. IMO it's been eclipsed by the Heaven V as the best entry point into FAD's lineup. The Heaven V has a much more holographic, less compressed sound and is a bit more lively sounding without being any more fatiguing for me.
The Heaven S has more of a characteristic FAD sound than the Heaven IV, though compared to the newer Heaven models I find its treble is hotter and a bit tizzy. This is what makes it stand out most from the rest of the Heaven lineup in my opinion: it's the "feistiest" sounding, but this gives it a certain perceptual edge in rendering detail for some folks. Personally I find the treble a bit fatiguing after a while.
Try researching what Picasso used to do with his freshly cast bronze sculptures to accelerate their patina - you might want to give that a try!
That was saddening, watching the ice crystals grow across the window panes of the bedroom at his parent's place, as they described his death. It was a very well edited documentary.
I'm on my third time listening to Five Leaves Left. It just gets better and better, despite being fabulous the first time I heard it.
While I'm sure his technique produced superb results, I will respectfully have to take a... pass.
I have been, maybe too much.