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Repairing Grado headbands.

post #1 of 15
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Hey guys,

The C shaped cup holder's little nubs broke on my SR-325is.

Now this has happened before and glue solved the problem.  This time, however, one of the nubs sheared off inside the hole on the cup.

Was wondering if anyone here knew how to yank it out without damaging the headphones?

Also does anyone know if you can just buy parts for the headbands?

 

Picture of the nub.

post #2 of 15

Yanking that out is going to be a pain. You could take the cup apart, then push it out with a small screwdriver, or you could superglue another small piece of plastic onto it, then pull it out when it's dry.

 

As for spare parts, give Grado a call or an email, they will send you a spare for free. I needed the exact same part replaced and they sent it to me for free, they even paid for shipping!

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Yanking that out is going to be a pain. You could take the cup apart, then push it out with a small screwdriver, or you could superglue another small piece of plastic onto it, then pull it out when it's dry.

 

As for spare parts, give Grado a call or an email, they will send you a spare for free. I needed the exact same part replaced and they sent it to me for free, they even paid for shipping!

Thanks man. Kind of scared to take this apart (most times I do that, I end up breaking whatever I just opened).

post #4 of 15

Yeah, taking apart the 325is is no easy task either. If you have a hair dryer, you can stick it onto the metal cup to melt the glue holding the plastic cup/metal cup together, then gently yank the plastic cup out once the glue melted.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Yeah, taking apart the 325is is no easy task either. If you have a hair dryer, you can stick it onto the metal cup to melt the glue holding the plastic cup/metal cup together, then gently yank the plastic cup out once the glue melted.

Then glue them back together ooor?

post #6 of 15

Yep!

post #7 of 15

I would spend some time working the little plastic thingy out of the hole before you resort to taking the headphones apart. 

 

Try gentle suction, forced air, prying with an exacto-knife (if there is any plastic above the surface..) or other similar techniques. 

 

If you have VERY steady hands you may be able to drill a tiny hole in the plastic and screwing a screw into it, then pulling out. 

 

Taking Grados apart is a PITA. 

post #8 of 15

^ Yes to all of the above, except maybe the drill, unless you're sure of yourself... That one can be hazardous (I speak from experience) :biggrin:

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

It seems to be realllly jammed in there.
Of all things, I pried it out with the can opener on my leatherman.


Edited by GasMaskMan - 5/15/14 at 6:03pm
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post
 

It seems to be realllly jammed in there.
Of all things, I pried it out with the can opener on my leatherman.

 

Whatever works :) 

Glad to hear you got it out without resorting to taking the whole thing apart. 

post #11 of 15
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Whatever works :) 

Glad to hear you got it out without resorting to taking the whole thing apart. 

So am I, hope they can send me a replacement part.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

It...happened again on the opposite side (i think?).

This time both sheared off, and only one would come out, think I'll have to take apart the cup, the other one just slowly shaved away while trying to get it out.

Not sure I really want to ask for another replacement (seems lame to do).

post #13 of 15

Problem is it's not easy to find those little plastic parts anywhere else! I tried to make one out of wood before I emailed Grado for a replacement, but it just wasn't optimal, it's really hard to make something that small just the right size.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Problem is it's not easy to find those little plastic parts anywhere else! I tried to make one out of wood before I emailed Grado for a replacement, but it just wasn't optimal, it's really hard to make something that small just the right size.

Most definitely!
Thing is I'd probably be asking for 2 or 3 because I had this issue with my other pair as well.  And it feels awkward asking for that (again).

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post
 

Most definitely!
Thing is I'd probably be asking for 2 or 3 because I had this issue with my other pair as well.  And it feels awkward asking for that (again).

 

No choice unfortunately, the only other option is to just change the whole headband assembly. You can buy some really nice gimbals from Martin Custom Audio but they're expensive, or you can use the headband+gimbals from other headphones (I forgot the brand for one of them, the other is a Sony headphone but I forgot the model #), might be worth asking about this in the Post your Grado mods thread or the Grado Fan Club thread.

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