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Disco Kid - Posted - 03/10/2019:  07:32:08


I've had microphone cables go bad lately. I check before I leave and they are dead when I arrive.

I'm using a 58 and 57 so my odds are double.

What cables do you road warriors use? I balk at a $50 cable and just bring backups at this time.

spoonfed - Posted - 03/10/2019:  07:37:27


dont know about availability in your neck of the wood but, I have used "Whirlwind Leader" cables for many arduous road years with no problems at all .

rudy - Posted - 03/10/2019:  08:30:49


quote:

Originally posted by Disco Kid

I've had microphone cables go bad lately. I check before I leave and they are dead when I arrive.



I'm using a 58 and 57 so my odds are double.



What cables do you road warriors use? I balk at a $50 cable and just bring backups at this time.






Man, you got some serious packing issues!

gtani7 - Posted - 03/10/2019:  09:34:26


Assuming you're not stepping/kinking/otherwise abusing them, it's possible the connectors weren't very well soldered and just needs resoldering.

Disco Kid - Posted - 03/10/2019:  10:20:44


Thanks, Spoonfed.



No packing issues. I coil them, correctly, and have a padded flight case. They just aren't quality cables.



Maybe I should have phrased it simpler. I need to get better cables, what are people using?


Edited by - Disco Kid on 03/10/2019 10:22:12

rudy - Posted - 03/10/2019:  17:51:00


quote:

Originally posted by Disco Kid

Thanks, Spoonfed.



No packing issues. I coil them, correctly, and have a padded flight case. They just aren't quality cables.



Maybe I should have phrased it simpler. I need to get better cables, what are people using?






I normally buy ProCo or Rapco/Horizon cables, and I like the cables that have a soft jacket, they handle and store more easily.  That said, I needed some extra XLR cables for our band PA and happened onto a sale at my local Peavey dealer.  They had cables in several colors (VERY handy on a dark stage) and were on sale.  They had a lifetime guarantee and I've never had a problem with any of the 6 that I bought.  That's been several years and a lot of gigs ago, though.



I quit doing a lot of gigging but they are very handy in my home studio and when I do live remote recording.  It's so easy to keep track of which mic is on which input when the cables are a different color. 

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 03/10/2019:  20:14:45


Many have life-time warranties, I don't want to have to return them so I use MOGAMI!

banjohood - Posted - 03/11/2019:  09:59:50


I've used lots of different types and the cheap ones always die on me. You shouldn't have to babysit your cables--they get dragged around on the floor, beat by the sun, beer spilled on them, etc. Now, I use almost all Whirlwind mic and instrument cables. They are made in the USA, usually $20-30 each. After years of gigs and short tours I haven't had a problem with a single one.

Disco Kid - Posted - 03/12/2019:  11:42:41


Thank you! Frank

paxflyer - Posted - 03/12/2019:  15:31:43


Years ago I purchased an inexpensive cable tester and I can't believe how often I use the thing. I just keep it in my gear bag. Saves a lot of time for sure.

banjoak - Posted - 03/13/2019:  07:16:54


Just mention the option of making your own cables. It's not that complex.  Granted it's not for everyone. 



One advantage involves just learning the skills... comes in handy at gigs when problems happen.

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