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Post by terrydec on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:50 pm

The other day as I was perusing the eBay vintage mic listings I saw a box of old mic cables for $15. I knew from looking that the cables were crap, but I gambled that there were some rare connectors. My gamble paid off big time. There is a 4 pin, an offset 4 pin, (pretty rare), a 3 pin, and 2 Amphenol single button type. So I invested in 100' of decent mic cable. That makes five 20' cables. I already had some shielded single lead cable and used that to make the "Harp" cables. That makes 8 cables in all. The 'new' cables sell for $39.95. I figure I can probably list these for $25.

Note: A couple of years ago I did the same thing. I saw a listing for two large parts bins. One of the bins open for display had six 4 pin connectors. The bins were $75. I bought some new cable and I already had some XLR-M connectors. I sold the cables for $32 each.
Pretty cool, huh?
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Post by ChrisH664 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:16 am

Cool indeed Terry. Capitalism at its best.
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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:17 am

Pretty cool indeed! To bad we can't all do that more often! Smile

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:33 pm

Skill and common sense are worth something after all! Good investment!

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Post by terrydec on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:02 pm

I've already sold the hi impedance cables.
BTW- I'm really good at making mic cables. I should be, I've made enough of them. I even put small pieces of heat shrink tubing on the ground wire. And I was lucky, the cable is really good quality, better than I expected for the price.
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Post by terrydec on Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:51 pm

I've already made my investment back and I still have the three most expensive cables to list.

Pretty cool, huh?
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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:56 pm

Mighty good. If you are making them up as good as you say you are, that should make for some good feedback too. You can't buy that. Wonder how a sale for custom cables (lengths, connectors) made to order would go?

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Post by terrydec on Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:14 pm

19&41 wrote:Mighty good. If you are making them up as good as you say you are, that should make for some good feedback too. You can't buy that. Wonder how a sale for custom cables (lengths, connectors) made to order would go?

Check out other listings. I list under-
# Musical Instruments & Gear, Pro Audio Equipment, Vintage Pro Audio Equipment

I know that the other person who regularly sells his cables will customize the end, i.e. Phone Plug, XLR-M, XLR-F, etc.

(BTW- I have 270 feedback scores, all 100% positive.)
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Post by terrydec on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:07 pm

This is one of those DUH moments.
My only excuse is that I was worried about Rocky.
As I've indicated I'm an opportunist in this. I only make cables when I can get the parts at the right price.
I've purchased another 100' of the mic cable which gives me one new male plug. I have one and I bought two new 4 pin cables for $10. I have already assembled one and yesterday I worked on the other. I worked on it for about an hour because the cable is hard to strip and I want it to look perfect. I file down the tops of the pins, etc. I was finished and was checking it out. It was at that very moment when I realized I'd left off the shell.
DUH!
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Post by terrydec on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:50 pm

I bet you're thinking "Yep, that was pretty dumb, can't get much dumber than that".

Ah, you forgot losing the tiny screw that holds the whole thing together. Fortunately I have a similar connector for my 55SW and forfeited the screw from that. Maybe someday I'll find the screw,
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and win the lottery too. Embarassed
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