Originally Posted by Lohb
I have bought from plusound and bought mogami mic cables. I can tell you it takes quite a bit of time to take the various layers off if you are stripping the wires out a mic cable ! I think plussound have great pricing on their DIY stuff....
It did take a while my first time around. After you know what to do, you'll be stripping 10 foot lengths in under 5 minutes with little effort.
It is especially easy if you plan on keep the strands wrapped together until the Y.
Here are the generalized steps:
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1. Find a long, flat surface that you don't mind accidentally scratching. (I admit to using a folding dinner try when I'm lazy)
2. Use a razor, exacto knife, or box cutter to remove outer PVC. (I use a $0.99 break away razor from a hardware store). Make a small cut at one end down to the shielding. Use a piece of masking tape a foot or two away to hold the cable still if needed.
3. Slide blade smooth and careful at an even pace along the starting incision. Very little pressure needed. Try doing 6 inch to a foot lengths at a time before repositioning. (As you get more comfortable, you'll do longer length in a single swipe).
4. After each swipe, pull PVC insulation off of the shielding up to the end point. Repeat step 3 until you reach the end.
5. Loosen one end of the shielding by pushing it inward with your fingers. Once it expands, place a small piece of tape over inner paper-wrapped cable. Now cause the shielding to expand again and keep pulling it down and expanding while holding onto the inner cable at the taped end. You'll be able to slide the whole thing off with ease towards the untaped end.
6. Finally, tape the opposite end. I use a small piece of electrical tape that I stretch to be even thinner. You can simply sleeve it as is using the "worm" method (It reminds me of peristalsis, for those Bio majors out there). Alternatively, you can strip off the paper wrapping and cotton strands. I leave them for reduced microphonics.
7. For a Y-split, simply strip down the desired length of one end and place a small piece of tape where it stops. The wires are twisted together, simply untwist in the reverse direction and re-pair in groups of two. They will re-pair readily without much work at all.
I really need to make a video demonstrating this. The whole process, usually takes me less than 5 minutes for 4 foot lengths. 10 foot lengths less than 10 minutes.