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Old 15th October 2009, 12:10 AM   #11
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Mouse cable (fron a wired computer mouse)
Concur - cheap (usually free) light, colour coded, flexible and well capable of carrying the infintisimal voltages and current generated. I twist in two pairs - braiding all four (or five if you include an earth line) can lead to high levels of torsional stiffness - the braided cable doesn't flex as well and can affect tone-arm movement.

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Old 15th October 2009, 07:08 AM   #12
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I'm having nice results with "cost next to nothing" mouse cable. I twist 2 seperate pairs and thread it through the arm and down the column with inches extra and free play there at the bottom. I also use those cartridge plugs from pulled from printer port. At the other end with extra few inches its terminated with another 4 terminal plug/socket also pulled from defunct PC audio card to a small DIY PCB which I then solder permanently a twin coax cable with female RCA connectors. I can then use normal interconnects to the amp. All this is quite cost saving, practical and easy to dismantle for any tweaks to the arm I can think of doing later on. Initially I thought these wires may be too thick but so far so good. Yes, I reckon many purists won't endorse or agree with this implementation, but what the heck, costs next to nothing and it works.

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cotton insulated litz wire - scavenged from old RF coils

just find any broken ( even functional is good enough ) Boombox with MW , and pull that coil from ferrite rod
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Old 15th October 2009, 07:59 AM   #14
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I used to use VdH silver in the tone arms.
Now I only use mouse cable.
It's much easier to work with,
lasts longer, sounds good and is practically free.
Cartridge clips is from a computer D-plug.
The VdH cable is sold.


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Old 15th October 2009, 08:25 AM   #15
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cotton insulated litz wire - scavenged from old RF coils
just find any broken ( even functional is good enough ) Boombox with MW , and pull that coil from ferrite rod
Those AM/MW antenna rods?.. did hear of these were useful here.
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Old 15th October 2009, 11:26 AM   #16
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cotton insulated litz wire - scavenged from old RF coils

just find any broken ( even functional is good enough ) Boombox with MW , and pull that coil from ferrite rod
Best free arm wire i have used. Don't try to strip the wire !!
Use the tip of hot soldering iron to burn a few mm of cotton/silk insulation off. Tin the end and attach pins from a computer D plug.

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Best free arm wire i have used. Don't try to strip the wire !!
Use the tip of hot soldering iron to burn a few mm of cotton/silk insulation off. Tin the end and attach pins from a computer D plug.

John.
not just "best free" .....

it's better than at least half of fancy shmanzy ones
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cotton insulated litz wire - scavenged from old RF coils
Brilliant!

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