Bill and Will's Synth Construction
Preparing Coax
Detail Photos

Rather than put these photos on the already very long 120 Construction Page, we're putting them on their own little page here:

Over the years, I've made a lot of my own microphone cables. I developed this method for stripping shielded cable... there may be a better way, but this is how I do it.  I take a pointy thing and pull apart the shield wire (braid)...

then I gather the shield wire (braid)...

and give it a few twists

the "22" hole in the wire stripper works great for the inner wire

I remember when I was - oh - maybe 10, my dad showing me how to tin wire 'cause we were building a flip-flop - and the way I recall him telling me to do it is to touch the soldering iron to the wire and touch the solder to the wire a little back away from it.  As I recall, he said the solder would melt and be drawn to the iron and somehow this would make a particularly nice job of it.  So myth or not, that's the way I've done it ever since.


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