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Edit: Crap, I forgot all about the DIY section! Mods please move if you see fit.

So, I decided to mod my MS-1. I have them taken apart already, and I want to replace the stock plastic grills with metal ones. How do you remove the stock grills? I tried heating it up with a hairdryer to loosen the glue, but it just slightly melted the grill
I cant get these things out! Help!
 
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My SR-80's barely had an hour out of the box before I replaced the grill. I successfully proceeded as when opening the housing: carefully pry, and it will start snapping and soon pop loose.

If I just wanted to remove the button and keep the grill, then I would gently negotiate the glue with a hairdryer. Removing the grill simply required a controlled measure of violence.
 
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Yes, don't be afraid to use some force on that thing. Especially with my older SR-125's, there was a TON of glue and I just had to break the glue bonds. Heat it up a little around the outside of the rings with a hairdryer and then push down on the grill with a spoon (you know the one you used to open the cups with) and kind of pry down on the screen catching the spoon under the lip of the cup rings.

I've got some pictures of my recent screen mod if you like to see. A link to the photo albumn can be seen here. Feel free to PM me with specific questions, if you have any, or I can snap off some more pictures if you'd like.

What are you using for a replacement screen? I found the grill off my old Klipsch 2.1 subwoofer worked great, I really wanted a black metal screen.
 
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Thanks for the help guys, I finally got it off. I also had to do some Dremeling to remove some chunks left on the cups. I'm going to replace it with a black metal mesh, which can be seen in the pic below. (they are fan filters from Thermaltake computer cases). I should be done in a few hours (gotta go get a new mandrel from Home Depot).

 
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Yay, finished! They do sound a very tiny bit different. The bass isnt as loud, but it seems to be a bit more clear and the highs seem a tiny bit brighter.

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Glad to see that your 'operation' went off without a hitch! Nice mod if I do say so myself!
 
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