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gingertube 17th March 2005 10:56 PM

Wire types??
When I built my solid state amp kit the "fashion" was to pull apart CAT-5 cable and use the solid copper/PVC insulation wires.

Last night I was reading a book which said multi-strand teflon insulated is the go.

I see well regarded tube preamp kits offering single strand enameled copper wire.

I'm about to wire my latest KT88 PPP amp - what should I use
a) for heater wiring
b) for high voltage wiring
c) for signal chain wiring
d) for the ground buss

Any opinion gratefully recieved - facts would be even better.

Apex Jr 17th March 2005 11:55 PM

Teflon Wire
I've been selling Teflon Wire to amp bulider's for quite
some time. It handles 200 degrees C - 500 + Degrees F
and standard wall will handle 600 Volts, there is also a
EE Type which is a heavy wall which will handle 1000Volts.
Most of what I stock is standard Mil-Spec M16878/4
which is the 600Volt and works very well with tube amps.
But also stock the heavy wall, lots in 20 AWG
Steve @ Apex Jr.

Colt45 18th March 2005 12:36 AM

Plain copper with enough current and voltage handling for the job.

gingertube 18th March 2005 12:54 AM

I should clarify my original post. I can work out current, voltage, power, temperature rating.

What I'm interested in is sonic influences. What to use for the best SOUND.


rdf 18th March 2005 02:10 AM

What about no wire? I built mine point-to-point laid out such that the only wires between the final supply cap and the output binding posts are the output tranny leads.

Sch3mat1c 18th March 2005 02:24 AM

Re: Clarification

Originally posted by gingertube
What I'm interested in is sonic influences. What to use for the best SOUND.

I heard soaking it in the toilet (a well-used one works best) does wonders for the sound. Seriously!


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