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Old 6th December 2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Soldering Cardas 5 pin connector for Phono cables

Anyone have any helpful hints about how to solder wire to the Cardas male and female 5 pin din connectors? Trying to make decent cables for standard Audio-Technica and Grace type tonearms, etc...

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I have tried to research this without much luck. Any advice?

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Just put it a vice of some kind that will simply hold it. Use your soldering iron, go one post a presolder each tab, make sure you take your time, do not want to melt platic!, then, presolder each wire before connection. after all connections have a solder joint, you can simply hold the wire to post untill it melts, blow on or just dont move your connection untill cooled, give a few minutes between doing this untill finished! I highly suggest shrink wrap tubing, as the connections are so close. Just make sure the heat shrink is on the wire about 6" above before you do that last step, solder to solder, then wrap it.
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Just put it a vice of some kind that will simply hold it. Use your soldering iron, go one post a presolder each tab, make sure you take your time, do not want to melt platic!, then, presolder each wire before connection. after all connections have a solder joint, you can simply hold the wire to post untill it melts, blow on or just dont move your connection untill cooled, give a few minutes between doing this untill finished! I highly suggest shrink wrap tubing, as the connections are so close. Just make sure the heat shrink is on the wire about 6" above before you do that last step, solder to solder, then wrap it.
Helpful to have a bit of liquid solder flux around to touch up the joints with too. Liquid Flux : Store @ CuriousInventor.com
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Thanks for all of the helpful advice.

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Since you have both sexes of the connector, pluig them together and then use the vise. The one not being soldered will help to hold the alignment of its mate. I do this often with XLR connectors.

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Thanks. Those photos were stolen from the cardas website. I actually have only the male pin to mate with a Grace tonearm. Where I am really struggling is with the mechanical connection between the wire and the pin. Without a hole or a cup or a slot, I am sort of lost when it comes to a "best practice." My sense from reading around the web is to pre-solder the fine-gage wire, tin the pin with solder, then wrap the fine wire around the pin a few turns for stability. Holding the part steady in a vise, of course...
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please use the heat shrink, as the connection is close to each other.
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Thanks. Those photos were stolen from the cardas website. I actually have only the male pin to mate with a Grace tonearm. Where I am really struggling is with the mechanical connection between the wire and the pin. Without a hole or a cup or a slot, I am sort of lost when it comes to a "best practice." My sense from reading around the web is to pre-solder the fine-gage wire, tin the pin with solder, then wrap the fine wire around the pin a few turns for stability. Holding the part steady in a vise, of course...
There should be cups to solder the wires to according to the mechanical drawing at Cardas Audio http://www.cardas.com/images/oem/PDF_DRAWINGS/MDIN.pdf.
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Thanks. Those photos were stolen from the cardas website. I actually have only the male pin to mate with a Grace tonearm. Where I am really struggling is with the mechanical connection between the wire and the pin. Without a hole or a cup or a slot, I am sort of lost when it comes to a "best practice." My sense from reading around the web is to pre-solder the fine-gage wire, tin the pin with solder, then wrap the fine wire around the pin a few turns for stability. Holding the part steady in a vise, of course...
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