First off, you're going to have to decide from the bottom of your heart if you're going to go the custom route, because once you do, there's no coming back.
Second, you're going to have to accept the fact that you will never know if the new reshelled JH13/16s are going to sound the same as the originals. However, you should note that it seems most everyone who has got theirs reshelled are satisfied with the sound completely and have no regrets, bonus because of the money they saved.
Now I do not know about 1964 but I have come across plenty of people who have got their customs reshelled by UM, Heir, and Fischer. I've only seen positive feedback from UM and Heir, but some negatives with Fischer. They say UM's quality is top notch, no bubbles at all, basically perfect. The same, they say, goes for Heir. However, Heir is much cheaper than UM at only $70 compared to Fischer's $150 like the above claims, and UM's 170.
Now, the thing is, UM does their best to make the reshell be exactly like the original, and they're smart about it. But don't let this turn you off because they're still using the same drivers, so there's no reason it's going to sound different. All of the companies measure the sound so that it matches before the reshell, and after the reshell.
If I were you, I would get a used JH13/16 reshelled by UM or Heir, than buy a JH5; there's so much more potential for regret with the JH5, and then so much more chance for bliss with the JH13/16 reshell.
If you're skeptical, search on the forums and ask a couple people who got their customs reshelled. I'm pretty sure you'll be swayed by then.
Oh and by the way, JH isn't "better." I'm not sure who's telling you this, but every company's products sound different, but none necessarily "better" in general than the rest. That's just silly, and probably coming from some inexperienced people who have not even heard the products. E.g. the Westone ES5 has glorious mids for vocals, and punchy bass, while the JH16 has glorious subbass for rockers. UM Merlin as well since they use dynamic drivers. Research more upon it. Know what kind of genre you listen to and choose accordingly.
Lastly, alv said Fischer is the cheapest at $150. Heir is $70. You need to do research before answering. Fischer had some quality issues as well.
Edited by Girls Generation - 10/1/12 at 8:31pm
Originally Posted by ScaryFatKidGT
So There are a couple pair of JH16 and JH13's for sale for a decent price and I thought WOW I could afford the amazing JH16's! but then I found out JH doesn't do reshells matter in fact they seem to be not very good at shelling period, so I would have to find another company to do it and there not going to have the same driver placment/tubes and what not so they probably wont even sound as good.
I have also been thinking about getting a new pair but I could only afford the JH5's or 7's maybe the 10X3's or the 11's but thats pushing it. And from what I have read about the shelling and fit they are horrible and a pain to deal with... to me it sounds like JH doesn't really care unless your Slipknot or Linkin Park. I don't have money to send them back to JH 5 times or time to deal with it.If
I did re shell them what company should I go with? I just don't want to waste the money knowing they will never be ass good as JH origonals.
Who would be the best?
Or maybe I should just get some UM or UE customs? People say the JH's are better but idk this is really a big headache. I might just get some SE535's or W3 or 4R's and be happy.