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Picture of AKG K701/Q701/K702 Headband Mod

Hi all! I own this great pair of AKG Q701 headphones and like many other owners of this fantastic pair of cans, I am not fond of the bumps on the original leather headband. Here, I will guide you through the steps of making and installing a genuine leather headband.

Here are the required tools:

- Scissors (preferably sharp and heavy-duty ones)

- Pliers (medium or small sized. Large ones will get in the way)

- Small wrench (optional if you got the pliers)

- Utility knife

- Leather hole puncher along with mallet/hammer (mine cuts holes with 1/8 inch diameter)


- Pencil

And the parts:

- Strip of leather. I didn't want to sew leather together like the original band, so I got thick pieces of scrap leather from Michael's ($12 per bag full of scrap pieces). You'll want to make sure that the strip is at least 9 inches long and 3 inches wide to allow some room for errors. You can extend the width at your discretion, but the length should not be extended in order for the headband to fit. Because I didn't want to sew a top and bottom piece together, I simply used a piece that was very hard and about 1/8 inch in thickness. You can use thinner pieces if you want to sew them together and get them to look nice.

- Small box of nuts and bolts. Mine is a box from Home Depot that are 3/16 inch in diameter (slightly larger than 1/8 inch, but it works) and 1/2 inch long (don't go any shorter or it won't work). They're labeled "Stove Bolts."

- Four washer rings. I got lucky and bought ones that are exactly 3/4 inch in diameter, which fits the plastic parts of the headband perfectly. Make sure the hole isn't too large. You'll use two washers for each side of the band.

- Two round-ended nuts with holes 3/16 inch in diameter if you want the outside of your headband to look nice. I didn't use these.

Well, let's get to it, lads!

Step 1: Step 1: Uninstalling your current headband (BE CAREFUL HERE)

Picture of Step 1: Uninstalling your current headband (BE CAREFUL HERE)

1. Use utility knife to pry off the Left and Right indicator plates by sliding the blade under the pins. They will snap off but you won't need them in the future so it's ok to break them.

2. After removing the plates, you should now be faced with a rivet. This can be removed if you use your pliers and pinch the top of the rivet in order to make the top smaller. You will have to apply a lot of force when pinching the rivets as they're made of metal and are very hard to remove. Keep changing the direction of pinching.

3. Once the rivet top looks small enough, you can pull on the headband beneath the plastic top and see if it can be pulled away. You may need to use excessive force. Don't worry, the top plastic is a resin of some kind. It is nearly impossible to break and most certainly will not crack.

4. Once you pull the rivets though, remove them from the original band.

And just like that, your old headband is off.

pedro.gonzalez.94617999 made it!4 years ago

From hell to heaven in just one hour!


Nice! I like the color!

seamster4 years ago

Nicely done! They look much more comfortable now. Thanks for sharing this!