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    Question Need phono leads!

    Not sure where this should go...


    I've just been into a class because the sound wasn't working. Pressed the "Tape/MD monitor" button [nobody knows what it does except cut out all sound...] and there's still an issue.

    Checked the cables... they've literally been ripped out of the back of the amplifier.


    So now I need a new cable... Anyone know where I can get a male phono [red+white] to EXPOSED WIRES cable?

    Exposed end needs 2 per phono. [Red -> 2 wires, White -> 2 wires]


    Needs to be about... 5m.

    Can't make my own... No tools.

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    buy a 5m lead and cut the plugs off one end :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    buy a 5m lead and cut the plugs off one end :-)
    I'd also need to strip the plastic coating... which I can't do.

    I don't got no cable strippers.

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    Scissors will cut phono cable ok, so will a knife or even your teeth to strip it!

    Or PM me your address, ill prepare a lead and post it to you FOC?

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    What about getting some standard speaker cable and a couple of photo heads and solder them on, it is actually quite easy to do :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Anyone know where I can get a male phono [red+white] to EXPOSED WIRES cable?

    Exposed end needs 2 per phono. [Red -> 2 wires, White -> 2 wires]


    Needs to be about... 5m.

    Can't make my own... No tools.
    Can you not cut the end off standard phono-to-phono leads?

    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Pressed the "Tape/MD monitor" button [nobody knows what it does except cut out all sound...]
    These were / are used to monitor what is being recorded on the tape / MD - it takes the signal going to the recorder and makes it available at the amps output. Not used one since I made mix tapes back in the 80's!

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    You should be able to make your own with a pair of scissors, firstly cut off the connectors you don't need then near the exposed end you score around the cable to weaken the plastic and then pull the plastic insulation from the cables (hopefully without the wire). It takes a little practice but no special tools required other than a reasonable amount of patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I'd also need to strip the plastic coating... which I can't do.

    I don't got no cable strippers.
    I use my teeth, or a pair of scissors.

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    Don't use your teeth. Dentists get paid enough as it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Don't use your teeth. Dentists get paid enough as it is!
    My teeth are fine and I do it all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    My teeth are fine and I do it all the time!
    Mine were when I was your age and I did it all the time. I'm now wishing I hadn't. But don't pay any attention to me, what do I know?

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    You can buy phono splitter cables 1 in to 2 out?

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    CPC are good?. Or B&Q or some other hardware store. If you're really desperate use some old power cable and solder the ends on yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I'd also need to strip the plastic coating... which I can't do.

    I don't got no cable strippers.
    Get yourself onto the CPC website & get yourself a few tools ordered! Your workplace cant possibly expect you to work efficiently if they wont provide any tools.

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    HAHA this made me laugh

    "So now I need a new cable... Anyone know where I can get a male phono [red+white] to EXPOSED WIRES cable?

    Exposed end needs 2 per phono. [Red -> 2 wires, White -> 2 wires]"

    What you do is cut the ends of with snips, then carefully grip the plastic with the snips and squeeze just enough to fracture the plastic so that when you pull apart it pulls the insulation off and leaves the bare wires. You have seriously never done this ??? Im amazed. Ive done it so many times Its quicker than using the correct tool.

    "Pressed the "Tape/MD monitor" button [nobody knows what it does except cut out all sound...] " snip

    If your recording from a source to tape, you could just listen to the source, but this does not help you setup the tape for recording levels etc. This allows you to record from a source but allows you to listen to what the tape is actually getting. My old nakamichi tape deck had the record head before the read head and so you could actually listen to what was actually recorded onto tape.

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