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.
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 👍
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“!
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!
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.
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 🙂
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!