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I have had a hard time finding wire and techflex so I thought I'd share my findings and maybe some ppl would share their findings for links to suppliers. I had to scour the Cable Gallery to find things but I only got product names not where to buy. But that also helped. So lets have it. Here are my finds!

 

Techflex: Mesh stuff that you can put to coat your cable

Where to buy: http://myworld.ebay.com/furryletters/

Price: ~$0.29 a ft. Shipping $3

Pros: This guy has a good selection of Techflex. Not every color but a good selection. He's on ebay for those who fear buying online (that's me! New sites are scary) so here's a little peace of mind.

Cons: Lack of responsiveness compared to Navships (below).

 

Where to buy: http://www.wirecare.com

Price: ~$0.39 a ft. Shipping $10-$13 (HOLY SMACK!)

Pros: HUGE selection. Every single color and size of techflex on the planet. Only bummer is the shipping. Under $20 will cost you a extra $3 and shipping alone is $10 minimum. I suppose if you have a huge order of dozens of colors this is no issue. But for me a small time DIY'er. No go unless I'm in a pinch. Still worth mentioning for people with disposable income.

Cons: PRICE!

 

Cotton, Nylon, Etc sleeving

Where to buy: http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/index.asp

Price: ~$6 ea. Shipping ~$5

Pros: One word, options.

Cons: These options don't include 1/8 in cotton only polyesther. The smallest is 1/4 in cotton laces. Sold in ~$30 spools or individually.

 

Where to buy: http://myworld.ebay.com/furryletters/

Price: ~$0.16 a ft. Shipping ~$3

Pros: Cheap nylon sleeving. Good price, fast shipping. EBAY! Up to 1/2 in diameter.

Cons: Only black or copper. Smallest black is 1/8in and copper 3/8 in.

 

Wire: The 2nd most important part of a cable :P

Where to buy: http://myworld.ebay.com/navships/

Price: ~$0.20 a ft. Shipping $3

Pros: Pretty good selection. This guy has soo much wire. All silver plated oxygen free copper solid and 19 strand. All sorts of colors but no clear. Very responsive to messages. Awaiting my first shipment of 50ft of white wire!

Cons: No clear wire

 

Where to buy: http://stores.ebay.com/kentelectronics-plus

Price: ~$0.20 a ft. Shipping $4

Pros: Good selection. Some clear silver plated copper but solid core. Never bought but I was recommended by a cable maker.

Cons: A little pricer than Navships, and unresponsive to messages.

 

Tubes: useful for tube amps.

Where to buy: http://myworld.ebay.com/desireme1979/

Price: Decent. Not great but not expensive

Pros: Great selection, Matched and single tubes. GREAT reputation. 100% over 11k+ transaction. O.o 

Cons: Be careful to read through the fine print. Invaluable information such as readings, condition, etc. is hidden within the text. When hunting for tubes it can become a lengthy read.

 

Where to buy: http://www.audiotubes.com/

Price: fairly expensive, but has some of the best tubes in the world.

Pros: I used this site mainly for the amount of information that it has to offer. If there is a parent tube on the site, the author lists all of the variants that can be used in circuits with the same design as the parents tube. The site offers matching and has some of the best tubes in the world. Telefunken, Mazda, Mullard, Siemens, you name it, its probably there.

Cons: None really, maybe the price but to stock that kind of selection its justified.

 

All around cable supplies

Where to buy: http://www.takefiveaudio.com/mall/shopDisplayCategories.asp?id=1&cat=DIY+Supplies

Price: Decent considering collection

Pros: Seems to be the only place where I can find Neotech UPOCC cryo wire that many seek and few find. Lots of supplies. Termination, cable, sleeving, shielding, etc.

Cons: Located in Canada. Huge selection but not the BEST price. Have heard rumors of poor product or shipping but still retaining great customer service.

 

Where to buy: http://www.daleproaudio.com/default.aspx

Price: Very good connector prices. FREE SHIPPING! :P
Pros: Unlike most sites, Dale Pro Audio still stocks the T40RP MKII for $70 free shipping. I checked on plugs and connectors, and the the prices are lower than Mouser with free shipping. So all around costs are down.

Cons: Untested. I've never ordered from Dale Pro Audio, nor have I heard of anyone purchasing from this place. I was suggested the link by a member of the Hi-fi community but am unsure if she had ever purchased from the site.

 

Where to buy: https://www.redco.com/default.asp

Price: Good prices on Mogami and Canare cable.

Pros: Many cables like Mogami, Canare, etc. Good pricing and customizable lengths. Huge selection on so many things.

Cons: No indiviual cable. Only speaker, Star-quad and things of that nature.



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Originally Posted by cyberspyder View Post

Supplies in general (pro-audio, wire etc): Redco Audio, Partsconnexion, VT4CC, TakeFiveAudio, Markertek, Parts Express, Percy Audio, HomeGrownAudio, VH Audio, Cryoparts, Cardas.


 

 

So that's what I have found if anyone knows where i can get 26 AWG stranded silver plated copper with clear teflon... I will love you...

 


Edited by Pingupenguins - 10/2/11 at 10:48am
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Updated!

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Supplies in general (pro-audio, wire etc): Redco Audio, Partsconnexion, VT4CC, TakeFiveAudio, Markertek, Parts Express, Percy Audio, HomeGrownAudio, VH Audio, Cryoparts, Cardas.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cyberspyder View Post

Supplies in general (pro-audio, wire etc): Redco Audio, Partsconnexion, VT4CC, TakeFiveAudio, Markertek, Parts Express, Percy Audio, HomeGrownAudio, VH Audio, Cryoparts, Cardas.


 

Thanks!

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Does anyone know where to get the REAL helping hands?

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Hey Pingupenguins...thank you for your earlier post about using WireCare for sleeving.  Yeah the shipping is something we are working on fixing.  We are going to try using the flat rate boxes for some of the smaller domestic orders.  This will definitely keep the costs down.

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Originally Posted by Pingupenguins View Post

Does anyone know where to get the REAL helping hands?


Harbor Freight?

 

post #9 of 14
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Like. The orignal. Well made. All the crap from HF is, well, crap. Id gladly spend $20 on something that I know will work, work well, and work long.


Edited by Pingupenguins - 10/1/11 at 11:23pm
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Yep, I would say the majority of Harbor Freight's inventory is bottom-of-the-barrel quality. I normally grab tools/supplies there when a project needs disposable tools. And thanks Brian for starting this resources thread.
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Thanks, UPDATED.

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How can I get my company, WireCare, added to the resource list?

 

Thank you

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hey there mate, just a word of friendly advise from another manufacturer/commercial enterprise posting in the diy area, you can only mention it and hope they approve; in fact its really against the rules to promote products for profit in here (the diy area) at all, you can only provide a good service and advertise by other means, then hope its well received here. if you are going to be a respected member of the forum and wish to post in the diy area, you cannot use this as a way to leverage free advertising and you cannot pay for advertising in this section (not in the actual threads anyway); keep trawling the diy threads looking for ways to bring up techflex and wirecare and you will become unpopular in a hurry. I know you are just doing your job and probably just dont know how it works here yet, so this really is just a friendly nudge. you can become a site sponsor and pay for banner adds that are contextual so that in a thread like this where techflex is mentioned frequently your ad will come up on the right side or top when people enter the thread.


Edited by qusp - 10/3/11 at 10:56pm
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Hey qusp...thank you very much for your advice.  You are correct and I appreciate the information.  I think I got a bit over zealous.  Nudge taken!!

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