Putting the “custom” into beyerdynamic’s Custom Studio headphones

As usual it took me ages to find what I was looking for. This time I wanted a pair of closed on-/over-ear headphones with a neutral setup that would be suited for both music-listening and monitoring. After listening to various headphones by Sennheiser, Bose and Sony – that did not fully convince me – I took my chances by ordering a pair of beyerdynamic Custom Studio headphones. Closed over-ear headphones with velour ear cushions and a solid build quality that promised to deliver an overwhelming audio quality. Roughly a week after I placed my order I held them in my hands and couldn’t wait to plug them in.

A workday on the PC, a workday on mobile and a a couple of hours on my receiver later it was decided: I shall keep them. However, something’s been bugging me since day one. The headphones are (optically) customizable, and a variety of accessories can be acquired in order to personalize the headphones according to everybody’s personal gusto. Well, except mine. Out of the box they come with black covers that have just the model name and a sound wave printed on them in white. The decision that they’d have to go was a no-brainer.

And anyway, it was about time for a handwork-project – in contrast to my day to day job. I was looking for something unique. Something that would add personal value to my new headphones. Something that stood out from the black headband, the black ear pads and the black cable.

Lucky me, I was on holiday in Tuscany and while talking a walk through an olive grove I literally stumbled over what I didn’t know I was looking for. An old, dried up trunk of an olive tree. Wind and weather had left their marks on this chunk of wood, making it even more interesting.

So after scouting the basement for some tools I took the biggest saw i could find and got myself a piece of that trunk. I needed to fight off some ants that were quite possessive of the branch but then it was game time. First I rasped the cut surface so that I could sand it. This revealed potential cracks and the woods texture so it was easier to find the right place where to cut out the new covers. I slowly cut two thin slices both approximately 4-5 mm thick. In order to bring them into the right shape I took measure of the original covers by outlining them on a piece of paper. Then I sawed them roughly into form before I taped the cut out paper-forms onto the slices. Using a rasp, sandpaper and the original covers I worked them down to the correct form. After they fit (almost) perfectly into the frame that fixates them on the headphones I needed to bring the thickness down to about 3 mm.

Once that was done they were ready to go onto the bds where they looked absolutely great. But I wanted to darken them a bit and make the texture really pop out so I applied some olive oil (that also contained olives from that tree) onto the cleaned surface of the covers. After giving them some time to absorb I wiped off the excessive oil and they were ready to get back on to the headphones.


DIY: DSLR Fernauslöser

10% luck, 20% skill, and 70% power of will

Mein 1. selbergebauter Fernauslöser hot schun vor a Weile in Geist auf gebn, desholb hon i iatz, rechtzeitig zum Start dor Flashhunter Saison, einer oltn, schrottreifen Maus nuis Lebn einghaucht.
Und nor soll jemend sogn, Programmierer & Co. hattn kuan hondwerklichs Gschick….

left button: shot
right button: focus
middle button: deactivated
extra switch: for bulb


Fiat Bravo 198: Cruise Control aftermarket

Cruise Control after installation

Yes, it’s true! Whoever said, it wouldn’t be possible to install Cruise Control on your Fiat Bravo 198, is a lier. Of course, for the lucky ones with the predisposed Bravo it was easy to buy the arm from the Alfa 147 and simply connect it. But the Bravo T-Jets and some of the M-Jets don’t have the necessary cables/connectors for the Cruise Control.

First i wrote an email to Fiat Italia and asked if it’s possible to install CC aftermarket. Naturally they told me it wouldn’t be possible. But I didn’t give up and began to make some researches on the internet. After reading lots of posts on different forums i knew that I would be the first one to install CC on a non predisposed Fiat Bravo 198.

After checking ePer and eLearn it seemed that there’s only one car wire harness for the T-Jet and the M-Jet, no matter if with or without CC. But the 4 cables were missing in my car. Just like on a few other Bravos.

So i checked ePer and eLearn again, to find out what i would need to install CC. After a couple of days for the research I knew what I needed to know, ordered the Alfa CC Arm and got a harness from a Panda.

Then my father and I began to lay the cables from the motor control unit to the steering wheel and connected them to the CC Arm.

Installed Arm

Easy cheeze..

Maybe you think it’s easy to make the cruise control work on your Bravo, but unfortunately it isn’t.
It’s a lot of work! You not only have to lay the cables but you also have to be careful and accurate too, otherwise you could damage your car. And of course it had to look perfect..
So we needed approximately 5 hours to make it work.

Kudos to my father for his patience!

How did we do it exactly?

I wrote a description about how we installed it on my car. And you can download it:

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Tell me!

Feel free to leave a comment below if you installed it with the help of my description, if you encountered a problem or if you have a question.

Fiat Bravo 198: Cruise Control aftermarket