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    Default Making XLR cables

    Any tips on making heavy duty mic cables with heavy ends?
    Where to get such cable and ends?
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    I've used Mogami Quad cables with the spiral shield (Neglex 2534) for all my home-made mic and line cables for the past 20 years or so. But mine don't move often and are never abused.

    I like being able to twist the multi-stranded shield into a nearly 15-gauge equivalent and cut it shorter than the signal leads and then solder it on, effectively using it as a stress release for the other four leads.

    Heavy-duty connectors? If there is such a thing, I've never seen it. I used Switchcraft for years but changed over to Neutrik (black and gold) in 1985 and have never looked back.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    Heavy-duty connectors? If there is such a thing, I've never seen it.
    Neutrik makes a waterproof XLR connector (the one I just pulled off the wall is labeled "NC*MX-HD") that appears a bit more robust than their standard black&gold plugs.

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    I've built about 80% of the cables I use for the past 20 years or so. Quality cable (Mogami and Belden, mostly) and Neutrik connectors (I use the basic nickel NC3FX/NC3MX) with a temperature-controlled HAKO station, a good tip on the iron and decent solder... and...

    I rarely have problems... even with all of my work onsite with diverse assistants and "helpers" throwing and coiling everything from 5' jumpers to 25' on-stage lines to 50' and 100' powered speaker runs to 250' 5-wire stereo "fly" lines. And if there's a problem... I have about 30 spares to get me through the day until I can repair the culprit. Well-soldered connectors are not the issue. Ham-handed yankers are. Every time. Give me standard and light-weight cable any day. Just give me spares... and a gas-fired iron onsite. Then I'm happy.

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    You got a propane soldering iron, Harry?
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    Two, actually. A big, beefy one I used while working with Durrell at sports venues (stadiums, field houses and NASCAR tracks) and a much smaller one, which sips, rather than gulps, butane on the way to 650-700 F.

    Boy gotta have his toys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    You got a propane soldering iron...?
    I have a 20+ year old Portasol kit (iron, torch, and hot knife) that works okay. I only use them when absolutely necessary, since they don't compare to my two stations.
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    In our area you can still purchase solder that contains lead. I still prefer it for making cables. In my opinion it's easier to work with and helps things go faster. I also think it holds / lasts longer.
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