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Cable Suggestions for Recabling Grado 60's

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I am working on some nice new toys for my ears. Just built a CMOYBB, I built the  Interconnect cable for the ALO dock connector with a female connector, using their SX cabling and Switchcraft 3.5mm connectors, and also for a side project, building a preamp/amp/speaker setup for my Ukulele, modular and tiny. So cool. 

 

So I have some Grado 60's that I have already split the "plastic" cans on, as the protective tubing cracked and killed the left channel. Popped the cans, thank you for the instructions, and re-soldered the cables, cleaned up the outside casing, and all was well. So now 3 other outside tubing cracks appeared. Drat.

So after reading the endless pages of Grado 60 mod's I am going to re-cable these really nice sounding headphones. However I am really at a crossroad as to cables to use there are these choices I have...

 

I am looking to get the best for the cost, but not crazy expensive...

 

Mogami 4 wire microphone cable, can be bought local, but so plain Jane

 

Some Mil Spec 22 g Silver Coated Copper Wire on Ebay

       This cable is 19 strands of 34g, silver coated, ETFE Tefzel Insulation, I am wary as this may be stiff, but 50' for $10 dollars, a serious good deal 

 

I remember seeing some silver coated cryo treated cable at I think was $10 for 5' with teflon coating form a LOD maker from California that looked promising, but his name escapes me.

 

Solid silver seems to be in the crazy expensive arena

ALO at $30 for 5 feet, again crazy Expensive, but I sill have 4' left from my last build, so nice looking

 

I do posses some Cardas Eutectic solder so silver is doable.

 

Suggestions? Comments? 

Yes I will be doing some more mods on these soon, but I have this desire for an Electric Uke that is calling my name.....With maybe a whammy bar...

 

Thanks

 

bikeukeguy

 

Currently listening to:

Big Brother and the Holding Company Live at the Carousel 1968

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Go with the Mogami (make sure that it is the 2534 or 2893 starquad cables), strip the outer jacket and copper shield, then sleeve the cable with Type-III paracord or Techflex multifilament braided sleeving for a cooler look.

The paracord just needs to have its nylon core removed, it is composed of seven white strands.

 

The eBay silver-plated copper wires will be noisier when the cable bumps into things.

 

I would upgrade to SR225 or better before you touch those other wires.


Edited by Mad Max - 11/17/12 at 2:31am
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