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Roly
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Aug 20th, 2019 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I always cut the shield wire (pin 1) a tad shorter than the pin 2 and pin 3 wires.
The shield wire is more robust and is a better candidate to "hold the fort" than the positive and negative phase wires in the event that the strain relief of the connector is compromised.

I know....no pin 1, no phantom.

Anyone else here use the same method?

cheers

Roly
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Aug 20th, 2019 09:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Forgot to add that I don't tin the shield all the way to where it wraps around the pin 2 and 3 wires.
I have goofed up and melted the jacket of the other wires in the past.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 20th, 2019 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is how I do it. The braided shield is extremely strong.

On cheaper XLR and TRS wire, the spiral shielding is crap. And noisy.

I use a small 3" hemostat clipped to the wire right behind the solder connection to prevent heat from traveling through the wire and melting the insulation. Works really well. You can buy little clip-type heat sinks or use alligator clips, but a hemostat's mass sinks heat really well and keeps the insulation pristine.

Roly
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I don't get out much
Aug 21st, 2019 04:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup...although it's a bit difficult to work with, I'll take the tough old braided shield Belden (SP?) cable any day.

Juice Nichols
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Aug 23rd, 2019 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I fix them by contacting Sweetwater and telling them to send me a new one. ;P

Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 25th, 2019 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a great option!

"Your car won't start? Here, let me get out my toolbox, otherwise known as 'credit card', A.K.A, 'wallet'."

-Mitch Hedberg

Juice Nichols
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I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Aug 26th, 2019 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^LOL^^

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