I would second the recommendation to look around on ebay; there are some great values and cables to be found there.
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5/31/08 at 1:39pm
Having made quite a few LOD's, I can understand the prices of a few...but overall I think it is more expensive than it needs be.
I can tell you that I can finish 2-3 mini-mini braided cables in the time to make 1 LOD. The removing of pins takes time and soldering stranded cables onto those tiny pins is pretty difficult by comparison. You need to score the pins with some sand paper before you solder or they will not stick with solder well.
I literally spent 3 hours to get my very short 5 conductor LOD just perfect with a VERY tight braid. I should post pics...anyways....it doesn't take me nearly as long to do one now!
BTW: Those Solid core silver cables are the easiest to solder together and I have no idea why they cost so much.
Also, you should know that the Microshar cables do not have the other pins removed, use very small laquer coated conductors, and use a commonly availible cable. They are very easy to make. Mine fell apart and I found all of this out. That was motivation for me to start making my own and for friends.
I find it amusing how barqy recommends other DIY'ers cables when he sells his own awesome cables for cheap as well :O! You are just too modest barqy :P