Lava Tightrope Solder-Free Cables

I finally gave in and switched from my long-time soldered Canare GS-4 with G&H plugs  patch cables to the Lava Tightrope solder-free patch cables. It was really out of necessity more than anything else. I needed smaller plugs to hook up my newly-acquired Boss ES-5 switcher.

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Fist off, huge shout-out to Jeff at Road Rage Pro Gear (http://www.roadrageprogear.com/) for a great deal on the 10′ with 10 RA plugs for essentially no forex uplift! He even agreed to meet with me on a Saturday  morning as supposed to me paying another $10 USD for delivery! Good stuff 👍

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Like any person in the modern age that has internet connection, I went and watched a few videos on how to make the cables. Really, how hard can it be???

 

One of the videos I watched had a title that says “so easy even a doofus can do it“!

Funny, right?!

Well not for me … not until I have found out that 8 out of 10 cables I made did not work. Am I am essentially a “doofus”? Yikes!

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Hard At Work!

I soon found out what happened to my cables. I have been trying to push and twist the cable so hard that the solid core, well, got twisted and bent out of shape without the proper threading.

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Lava Tightrope bent and twisted in all its glory!

 

After more carefully and painfully re-inserting the core slowly, I finally got the cables done properly. Whew! I’m not a “doofus” after all … just a very impatient guy 🙂

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Re-wired board … now I need a new mini tuner 😦

So here is the new board with fresh set of cables. It still sounds the same, but now I’m a few bucks poorer. Which reminds me, now I need to get one of those mini-tuners as well.

I like how it is easy to customize the length without worrying about soldering. The cable cutter that came with the pack is a nice touch. Although one can easily get away with a pair of scissors and cutters.

It’s a little pricey especially considering that one pack can only make 5 cables due to the number of plugs that came with it (10 plugs). I needed 10 cables so I ended up buying two packs but didn’t touch the cable from the 2nd pack, only the plugs. I even ended up with another 1 1/2 foot of un-sused cable from the original pack.

In conclusion: if you have the dough, go for the Lava Tightrope solder-free cables. It’s not ground-breaking but definitely an eye candy!

 

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