Breaking apart the halves takes patience. Took 30 minutes. Mine was glued together like a tank, and it was not easy at all to separate the halves. Maybe JBL saw this post and doubled the glue to dissuade DIY fixes. Once I separated the halves, it was easy, but be prepared to get moderately frustrated in doing so. Also, don't get angry and try to force them apart, because from my experience, I do believe there is a high risk potential of cracking either halve if attempting to brute force the issue. Remember, patience is a virtue here. Lastly, you can get a good set of spudger tools at Harbor Freight Tools for cheap. They are actually called Wax Carving tools made in India of stainless steel. Excellent set to complete this fix, and I can see that they will be very useful in the future if needed. 10/10 for the author for the breakdown instructions. Cheers!