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Done for a friend...reposted from Head-Fi.































Yeah....I realized I coulda heatshrunk the tips of my pliers so I wouldn't have grooves, but I didn't think of that . I used 3:1 shrink (with the adhesive) from TakeFiveAudio...one, one foot length allowed me to do alot of recables. The plug is a Switchcraft 3.5mm plug....like to use it when I recable with any variants of Starquad...with a Neutrik I have to drill out the body.

FYI, DO NOT USE A HEAT GUN TO TAKE APART THE GRADO'S! Unless you want melted cups. I set my hairdryer on high for about 2 minutes and heated the outer cup, then twisted them apart. It's a good idea to clean up the cups because the leftover adhesive may prevent a good seal when you reglue the cups together.

Bill of Materials:

-Mogami Mini-quad (W2893)
-3/16" Nylon Multifilament
-Switchcraft HD35ABAU 3.5mm Plug
-1/2" 3:1 Dual-wall Adhesive Heatshrink
-Black Paracord Sheathing (just take the inner paracord strands out)
-Misc. Heatshrink (I believe I used 3/32" for the portion after the y-split, common 2:1 stuff)
-Hot Glue
-Zip Ties (to create the strain relief within the cups)

Brendan
Edited by cyberspyder - 3/26/10 at 9:26pm
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Looks good man, the indents made from the pliers looks very pro and factory. I'm not familiar with the stock cables on the grados, what's the benefit of the recable?

I love the nylon multi-filament BTW. I use this stuff; it rocks.
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The stockers had shoddy construction...prone to cracking when it dries out.
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I know this is a 4 year old thread, but it is a great one.

I used this as a guide (as I expect thousands of people have done by now, over the years) to recable my SR80is. The cable was completely falling apart due to exposure to minor/mild heat and then bending. Cracks all up and down the cable that no amount of electrical tape was able to deal with. I also actually had breaks in the wire because of the weak points in the cable - resulting in THE MOST ANNOYING SOUND IN THE WORLD: intermittent crackling/silence/normal audio. FFFUUUU.

I used all of the components in the list apart from improvising heat sinks. I already had paracord. I imported cable from redco (enough so as to make it worth it, I plan on doing loads of recables over the years, gonna store that W2893 safely).

That was my first time soldering a 3.5mm. For anyone that wants to know how (luckily, I struck gold with trial and error), the cable is a quad which you divide into 2 bunches of 2 (of course). It doesn't matter which, they're identical other than colour (pretty sure). You then use one of each for ground which you solder together to the back of the plug and then one of each goes on the golden pin in the center (left I think), and one goes through the structure with the eye/hole. Existing guides/diagrams are completely **** for this and I managed to pretty much guess this from looking at the anatomy of the plug, I got lucky and hit it first time.

So, thanks to the OP for the great guide, and there's some advice in my post for anyone that wants to have a go and is uncertain.
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