Author Topic: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!  (Read 518 times)

Toy Sun

Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« on: July 29, 2022, 02:30:53 AM »
I'm a hardware snob and love me some Neutrik and Switchcraft for critical use, but the last few years I'm more of a home player, so I am open to 6 packs of cheap molded patchcords for around the house.

I also love tight builds and top mounted jacks. I frequently get myself into some grounding out issues when I box everything up and well, it's been an adventure.

I recently tracked an issue that was caused by a plug that was a good 3mm too long! Crazy. It functioned, but was actually distorting the tip contact part of the jack and causing all kinds of havoc with my build. Took a while to realize what the problem was.

Thought I'd share this with the forum, I had a photo but somehow misplaced it. I'll still go for the cheapos, but I'm going to check them on arrival.



Re: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2022, 05:43:39 PM »
I'm sure NOBODY here has ever boxed up a project that worked in testing, and gone crazy trying to find out what happened. Only to find out an hour later...that their patch cord was dead (or dead battery, or....)   :) 
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Re: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2022, 02:17:01 PM »
Yep.... been there!!!!


Re: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2022, 09:23:50 AM »
In these pages we have seen some remarkably compact builds like a phaser or flanger in a 1590A but these used printed circuit boards and a parts list that was consistent with small size.  Some used SMD.  But if you are building something experimental or new, I recommend a larger enclosure and quality jacks.  I have some old-school fish paper for insulation but duct tape is probably a better idea because you know it stays stuck down wherever it is used.

As for a 1/4 inch plug that is too long, that's a new one on me.

Toy Sun

Re: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2022, 07:57:46 PM »
Found the photo - Shouldíve held a ruler up to it to be more professional but I think the picture tells it all


Re: Beware cheap patchcords & tight builds!
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2022, 02:57:08 PM »
Iíve seen moulded plugs come out too short and too long but 3mm? Thatís taking the mickey!

Today, Iíve mostly been replacing a foot switch in a pedal because every time I pressed it, it shorted my ps and everything went off. Got through 2 new switches before realising that the issue was under the pedalboard. It doesnít matter how good my components are, theyíre always beaten by stupidity
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein