Any producer knows how cool new shiny musical toys are. That kid in a candy store feeling is all too familiar. The only thing is that a piece of candy in our line of work can easily start at a couple of hundred bills and upward.
So it’s not the most uncommon thing to start rigging. In this case I have my old trusty headphones I’ve used for over ten years as a DJ. Anyone who DJed during that time knows the Silver Sony MDR-V700. Anyone who’s used them also knows that these headphones had two issues:
- The rotating joint liked to crack if you are of the more enthusiastic type or just careless.
- That the fake leather ear cushions started to get brittle and flake after extended use. This would lead to a sweaty neck full of black pleather flakes after sets.
I never had an issue with number 1, I was pretty careful, but number 2 I think know one got around and neither did I. But I got them out of retirement:
This is not the first time I changed the cushions. I’ve ordered the factory cushions twice already during the lifetime of these headphones. It was time for something else. I found that you can buy fabric replacements online. In many different colors too. So I ordered a red pair for about a 20 (instead of brand new headphones) and I am super satisfied.
These things feel soft and comfortable and I don’t see this material deteriorating like the factory version did.
So sometimes it pays off to look around for a different solution and now I can spend the money on actual candy equipment or virtual instruments instead. 😌