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Old 10th June 2003, 01:20 AM   #11
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can you guys recommend a PTFE wire i can use as hookup wire? those available from Farnell or RS Components if possible.

i'll be starting my CX-345 amp ASAP, and i'd like to go all out on wiring
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Can you guys recommend a PTFE wire I can use as hookup wire? Those available from Farnell or RS Components if possible.

I'll be starting my CX-345 amp ASAP, and I'd like to go all out on wiring
It's not what you use, it's the way that you use it

If you can put a large order together (>2kg), you can go to a bullion dealer and buy 99.99% pure silver in the form of wire at a surprisingly reasonable price. You then buy PTFE sleeving and put one inside the other...

Alternatively, you could use PTFE insulated wirewrap wire, but you will need to buy the proper tool to strip it. The possible advantage of wirewrap wire is that it is so thin that it is easy to do true star earthing and take every connection back to the star point individually. True star earthing is well worthwhile, even if it means twenty wires or more going to your star earth point.
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If you want something better, teflon insulation is a joy to work with (it doesn't melt as easily with the cavalier application of a soldering iron the way some other insulation types can).
A joy to work with?!?! Have you you ever tried using a wire stripper on it?
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A joy to work with?!?! Have you you ever tried using a wire stripper on it?
Yes. If you use a "dinosaur" shape stripper, it just can't grip the PTFE insulation and makes a mess of it.
But if you use a stripper that encompasses the insulation with blades, and you pull the wire manually (such as stripper designed for Kynar), it's a beautiful strip

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Yes. If you use a "dinosaur" shape stripper,


A "dinosaur" shape stripper? The mind boggles. Do you mean "diamond"?. You're absolutely right, though, it needs to be the proper (outrageously expensive) stripper with a blade all round.

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LOL. I see what you mean!
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Hi,

If you want high Q cabling use silver wire...

For stripping PTFE insulated wire use a sharp penknife, just be careful not to cut the wire proper.

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