The year was 1992, and I had decided that I was in the market for a cassette 4-track multi-tracking recorder. So I went to West LA Music [RIP] and was hanging out in the Pro Audio department.
A salesman in that department was helping Paula Abdul with her home studio. She bought the Yamaha MT120S. I figured if it’s good enough for her, then it’s good enough for me.
The rep put together a great package for me, which included a Shure SM58 mic for free, as well as an XLR-1/4″ jack converter.
He also gave me a good deal when I added pro headphones to the package. And those headphones were the Shure SRH440 headphones.
I still have the Yamaha MT120S 4-track, although it is being stored for safekeeping until I can afford to spend time and money on reviving it. The microphone is long gone, having fallen victim to the passage of time.
But I was using my Shure SRH440 headphones as late as yesterday afternoon. I used them years before my son was born. I used them during the Ruby Cassidy writing and recording sessions. I used them in my home studio, as well as in a studio that I had helped to build.
They were not just used in pro situations, but also with personal listening. They were my one-and-only for the longest time. I used them until the ear pads wore out, and I replaced them with a new set for about $6.
So WHAT happened to them?
Yesterday, I set them on a little tackle box I have that I used for guitar repair equipment. They then slipped off after the cable was caught on my toe, causing them to fall about 8″ to the floor.
When this happened, a piece of plastic that holds one of the cans onto the entire unit broke. The plastic pieces I found were VERY fragile, which tells me that degradation of the plastic meant that it was only a matter of time.
I hate throwing them out, but I am not in a position to repair them.
But fear not, for I have a replacement already.
Back when I was working and making good money, I invested in a set of brand new headphones. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones are very similar to the Shure headphones. The difference is that these also have Bluetooth capability, which I use VERY frequently.
Much like the Shure headphones, the one thing that also annoys me about the Sennheiser headphones it that they come with proprietary cables.
I had not used the cable for the Sennheisers in years, and would use the Shure headphones whenever I needed a cable.
Really, I couldn’t find the Sennheiser cable, and assumed it got lost when I moved from LA in 2019.
But I went through a cable box, lo and behold, I found it!
This means that I can use the Sennheiser in a cabled situation as well.
Today, I say a fond farewell to my old Shure headphones. They lasted 3 decades, which is not something that can be said about most pieces of gear of this size and type.
Thank you for being a part of my journey.
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