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Post by haricots » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:06 am

Here's an easy, dumb question:

What type of cable do I need buy (bulk) in order to make my own 1/8" / 1/4" patch cables?

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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:30 am

I vote Coaxial.

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Post by Kent » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:44 am

I'm not sure of what parameters you are looking to define.

Keep in mind that 1/4" jack shells (the collars) will accommodate a fatter wire. Beyond that, use some flexible & preferably shielded cable.

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Post by haricots » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:50 am

I'm wanting to make some 1/4" to 1/8" cables so I'm thinking the cable needs to be thin enough to accommodate the 1/8" connector.

I was just wondering what people generally use - coax seems like it would be really stiff, is it not? Or is there some flexible version.
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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:01 am

The Blacet DIY cable kit uses coax.
I'm pretty fond of those.
Add some color coded shrinkwrap to the ends behind the plug sleeves.
That will help thicken it up to better match the 1/4" too.

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Post by GCF » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:18 am

haricots wrote:I was just wondering what people generally use - coax seems like it would be really stiff, is it not? Or is there some flexible version.
Not coax like what you would hook up to your cable TV. Coax meaning a center conductor surrounded by shielding, a conductive layer around that, and another shielding layer. (I don't know if this is why you asked, so I apologize if you already knew this information.)

Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coax_cable for images.

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Post by neandrewthal » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:35 am

GCF wrote:
haricots wrote:I was just wondering what people generally use - coax seems like it would be really stiff, is it not? Or is there some flexible version.
Not coax like what you would hook up to your cable TV. Coax meaning a center conductor surrounded by shielding, a conductive layer around that, and another shielding layer. (I don't know if this is why you asked, so I apologize if you already knew this information.)

Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coax_cable for images.
Even that stuff is stiffer than any patch cables I've used. There is a special kind for patch cords and test leads, but I can't think of the name.

This is the best I could come up with. Probably too thick, but getting closer.
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Post by GCF » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:41 pm

neandrewthal wrote: Even that stuff is stiffer than any patch cables I've used. There is a special kind for patch cords and test leads, but I can't think of the name.

This is the best I could come up with. Probably too thick, but getting closer.
The link looks like the same type of "light-weight coax" that Blacet uses in the DIY cable pack. The Blacet site doesn't say what the gauge is, though. I'm sure he would let you know if you emailed him.

The Blacet cable does feel a little stiffer than Doepfer cables. But so much that they are poor for patching.

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