First off, I know I can buy "better" ear buds than I can make, but I don't want to do that.
I have never been able to justify spending much on headphones, so my standards are not very high. Typically I will drop 30 bucks on a pair and expect them to last a year if I am lucky. I am close to needing a new pair, and I am interested in making a decent set. I have all of the resources and know-how to make a quality housing and good ear inserts, but I can't find any drivers to use. My goal is to create something unique that will last. Granted, the wiring is always the first thing to fail on any set of ear buds I have owned, but I have never owned a pair of ear buds worth fixing.
I have done a lot of searching, and I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know where I can find some decent quality drivers? I would rather not cannibalize a set of new ear buds to create my own, but if there are decent drivers to be harvested from some otherwise crappy and cheap ear buds I would consider it.
Another thing that bothers me is the shock I sometimes get in my ears from the cord rubbing against fleece or similar fabric in dry weather. Is this just a result of crappy insulation on the cord or would I need a shielded cord to fix this?