Anyone being dumb enough to have purchased a pair of BOSE EarBuds in the past probably had a similar experience/problem/issue of Keeping Them In Your Ears.
Anyway..I did and did.
When I originally bought my First iPod 5th Gen Video I asked for a really GOOD pair of Bose Earbuds for X-Mas and got them... THE SOUND WAS AMAZING! if you could ever manage to keep them in your ears even when sitting stationary and not moving your head (AT ALL!)
So without saying anything... I carefully wrapped them back around the spool of the original leatherette case and left them in my media drawer for what..? 7-8 YEARS?
One day while cruising AMAZON, I saw Bose EarBud TIPS,
and the FEEDBACK was Most Promising... comments like; "FINALLY!!! They FINALLY Stay In my EARS!!!"
I ordered 3 sets on the spot! I'd FINALLY Get To Enjoy My $99.00 EarBuds!
They arrived, I put them on... PERFECT! They sounded GREAT! And I could FINALLY Keep them in and actually WALK AROUND listening to my iPod as God had intended!
HERE'S Where Things Went All Pear-Shaped...
I soon noticed that the WIRES felt rough in spots... then noticed MORE Rough areas... wtf?
Under magnification, I saw that the wires were CRACKING to the extent that Bare Wires were beginning to show!
I soon realized that the cause was that Even Though I'd Never Worn Them Even For A Single DAY, the wires had become BRITTLE and would soon break beyond fixing even though by this time, I'd only worn them ONCE!
I got on the horn to BOSE, was transferred to their IT Dept... and after explaining the situation, was told that IT WAS MY FAULT... for Storing them in their Case "for so long" wtf?
I was cheerfully informed Of Their REPLACEMENT POLICY!
"wrap them carefully, send them back, remember to include My Return Address..." "...and a check for $80.00."
(in that order)
All that to tell you WHY I'm sitting here @ MIDNIGHT Coating my Brand New 8 Year Old set of $99 Bose EarBud Wires with CLEAR SILICON BATHROOM CAULKING
It actually goes to Kate's HortiSculpture link "Nipping it in the bub" is a horticultural term... ...a method of pruning...
UN-FUN-Fact: BUD a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud) the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud) or both (mixed bud).
When shaping a plant, or forcing it to grow in a preferred direction, or to improve some fruiting bodies by limiting others, the easiest method is to determine which to keep, & which to remove.. often, the earlier in the development the better.. ..since the longer the task is neglected, the more difficult to becomes to manage.
The EASIEST way is to simply reach in and NIP off the BUD with your fingernails.
If not, then you'll require pruning shears... worse still, as the twig develops into a branch, LOPPERS! or A Pruning Saw now that your lazy arse has allowed it to grow into a big old branch!
Worse case scenario...now you went and allowed it to develope into a LIMB! NOW You're UP There ... JUGGLING CHAINSAWS... at the Top of a Ladder.. all yer drunk buddies there pointin' & a'laffin'! (.....sumpthin' about "O-BARMA-CARE"!.....)
Meanwhile ...by the time you're hacking away at limbs... it's next to impossible to maintain a desirable shape... worse still, it's increasingly difficult for the plant to deal with from a survival standpoint... since large open wounds are an OPEN INVITATION To Fungus & Disease if not done properly.
...AND ALL 'CAUSE YOU NEGLECTED TO "Nip it in the bud"! ...SILLY WABBIT!
Can the buds be opened? If so..steal some wires from another pair of buds and solder them on.... The great sound of your Bose buds will lie in the speaker and the circuitry... the wires should make very little impact as long as they are the same gauge.
If WORST comes to worst... (If the Silicon caulk starts peeling away) ...I'll consider that alternative... the bottom of each Bud is a rubbery cuff ..and the hard plastic has an indented seam suggesting that it might separate if necessary..
Problem is soldering something that minute I tried replacing the battery in my ipod Shuffle even using LIQUID SOLDER I made a hash of it.
However.. as of this morning.. I slipped the new ear extensions onto the buds to try them out, and aside from feeling like Fake Fishing Worms they seem to be fully functional, so I'll not be pulling them apart just yet...
I'll keep your suggestion in mind though... I've always hated the funky looking BLACK & WHITE Striped Wires BOSE Uses...
I assume they wanted them to STAND OUT as BRANDED-BUDS (objects of envy) but living in a high-crime district..... being decked-out in OBVIOUS BLING is kinda' counter-intuitive -- afaic
I used to be an avid reader at one time but not so much lately because I don't make use of public libraries as much as I once did... I'd already read every LARGE PRINT BOOK they carried then gave up and went to AudioBooks and never looked back.
I LOVE the idea of being able to work on some mind numbingly repetitive craft while "READING" a Book
But you're right in as much as it not preventing one from mis-HEARING what you're Not SEEING.
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