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sgnhh
Finally getting around to circuit bending my Speak and Spell, does anyone know of a place to get some cheap banana cables? The ones I've found online are like, $5 for one cable.

OR does anyone have a short guide on how to make your own? I'll probably be using the sockets on here, could also just make my own cables with the plugs on there if any one has any tips.
johnnymad
i can't really help you on the cables, but i'd love to see the project when it's finished. i've bent close to 10 speak and x's, and everyone is different.
sgnhh
What I want to do with mine is going to require a seperate wire/socket housing box as a companion to the Speak and Spell. Still unsure of a good enclosure to use, but I may end up just doing a cheap plastic food container.
johnnymad
you could always use a project box from radio shack. they're pretty boring but they work. i've also seen patchbays made out of old plastic video cassette cases.
sgnhh
I dig the VHS case idea, maybe I should look for that.
sgnhh
Found a good place for cheap sockets and cables, wooo.
gzifcak
would you mind posting a link?
thanks
prscrptn
sgnhh wrote:
Found a good place for cheap sockets and cables, wooo.


Don't keep it a secret...
meridic
The post is 18 months old and the author has not signed in since October.

Good luck!
money bags
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The post is 18 months old and the author has not signed in since October.

wham bam thank you mama! Dinner at the Y
modularland
make your own!

get this wire at mouser or fave supplier:

http://www.pomonaelectronics.com/index.php?i=prodsub&parent=HWARE&cat= WIRE&getDetails=

its mouser# 565-6733-2 for red and 565-6733-0 for black- $20 for 50'!

then get your fave solderless stackable banana plugs like these:

mouser# 565-1325-2 - starting at $1.53 each

I also often find them on eBay for cheaper.

So $1.53 * 2 = $3.06 + $.40 / foot = cheapest cables!

also note the silicone wire is superior to the PVC style of the kinds that you normally buy- its not brittle and lasts forever, and besides a solderless stackable plug means you can always make new ones!
LektroiD
Cheapest stackable bananas I've used are these (with a choice of colours):

http://www.rapidonline.com/Cables-Connectors/Connectors-Single-Pole/4m m-Connectors/4mm-Stackable-test-lead-500mm/83063

Good quality too.
BananaPlug
Soapbox Wigglers are encouraged to search before starting new threads for common questions. Try the advanced search.
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6485&highlight=testp ath
gde
BananaPlug wrote:
Soapbox Wigglers are encouraged to search before starting new threads for common questions. Try the advanced search.
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6485&highlight=testp ath


this thread was started back in 2008 and predates the thread you linked to...

but yes! the search function is wonderful
bananeurysm
BananaPlug wrote:
Soapbox Wigglers are encouraged to search before starting new threads for common questions. Try the advanced search.
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6485&highlight=testp ath


also it looks like in you used the search term 'testpath' - which assumes the searcher already knows the answer the the question! d'oh!
decaying.sine
+1 on testpath. just ordered a huge amount of $4 or so banana cables and they were delivered one day after ordering eek!

Thanks to parasitk for the recommendation a while back.
wetterberg
LektroiD wrote:
Cheapest stackable bananas I've used are these (with a choice of colours):

http://www.rapidonline.com/Cables-Connectors/Connectors-Single-Pole/4m m-Connectors/4mm-Stackable-test-lead-500mm/83063

Good quality too.

eek! 0.47GBP each @ 25 pieces? For 50cm cables?!? What am I missing? That's insanely cheap!
modularland
what you are missing is that PVC covered plugs and ABS insulation = VERY BRITTLE and they wont last long...

Also delivery charges:

TNT Economy (Road) - GBP £71.45
TNT Global (Air) - GBP £40.70

See my post below- make your own- they will last forever...
LektroiD
wetterberg wrote:
LektroiD wrote:
Cheapest stackable bananas I've used are these (with a choice of colours):

http://www.rapidonline.com/Cables-Connectors/Connectors-Single-Pole/4m m-Connectors/4mm-Stackable-test-lead-500mm/83063

Good quality too.

eek! 0.47GBP each @ 25 pieces? For 50cm cables?!? What am I missing? That's insanely cheap!


The sockets even cheaper:

http://www.rapidonline.com/Cables-Connectors/Connectors-Single-Pole/4m m-Connectors/4mm-Panel-socket-with-solder-connection/83056
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