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Re: Leads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:15 pm
by Sam Spoons
And Poundland don't sell XLR cables ;)

Re: Leads

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:05 pm
by Martin Walker
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:....great examples of squamata-related lubricants

:D Must try and remember that one! :clap:

I'm afraid I had to Google it :headbang:

Bravo Eddy - I shall attempt to memorise that one for future reference as well 8-)


Re: Leads

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:07 pm
by Martin Walker
ef37a wrote:You will be able to make "specials" which don't exist as ready mades.

That's how I have so many pseudo-balanced mono jack to stereo jack cables for my various keyboards Dave 8-)


Re: Leads

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:34 pm
by N i g e l
Possible innovations since you bought your last lead set are the

[1] Neutrik SilentPLUG ¼” jack, which stops amp buzz when you plug a cable+amp into your guitar.

[2] Chinese manufacturing

Im not suggesting you buy from Ali-express but big suppliers like Thomann have good quality cheaper own brand cables [sometimes cheaper than the bits alone].

I agree it is worth while making your own cables for small batches and can be therapeutic too, once you learn to remember to put all the tubular bits on the cable before soldering the final connector in place. XLRs make a good starting point ‘cos the're big and the easiest to do.

Re: Leads

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:28 pm
by Mike Stranks
Sam Spoons wrote:And Poundland don't sell XLR cables ;)

.... reminds me of a 'bitter experience' saw that I sometimes quote: "Never buy batteries for radio mics from Poundland."

(They die after about 40 mins... :oops: )

Re: Leads

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:19 pm
by Sam Spoons
Having bought a dodgy batch of Duracells from a, apparently, reputable Amazon seller I usually buy own brand from B&Q for Ikea these days. I did buy from Amazon for the show but we changed the batteries every performance (after testing in rehearsal so I knew we could get 2 ½ shows out of a set). Of course the best answer is to avoid wireless mics wherever possible but there are times.......

Neutrik Silent Jacks are the open mic hosts holy grail but occasionally they encounter an active guitar which still pops. I guess it's down to how the battery switching is accomplished.

Re: Leads

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:18 pm
by James Perrett
Sam Spoons wrote:Having bought a dodgy batch of Duracells...

Duracells are the dodgiest batteries you can buy - they're apparently far more likely to leak than the alternatives and, if they don't leak, they'll probably go high resistance after a while. The cheap manganese alkaline alternatives are far more reliable. In my old job we bought tens of thousands of manganese alkaline cells and we very quickly learned not to buy Duracells.