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Title: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 07:31:06 AM
Over the years I have built up many cables.  I started as a student who wanted some van den Hul but had little cash and I put plugs on all sorts of wires and tried and listened to all sorts. 
Then in the early 90s the shop I worked for also imported van den Hul. 
We brought in bulk cable, empty boxes and loose plugs. 
When the chap who built all these left I took over.   I built hundreds of D102 III Hybrid and Source, videolink , Patchbay B5, Thunderline.  Everything except the pure carbon conductors The First and The Second as they need a special process.  Lots of Revelation, Revolution and Wind speaker cables. 

I will post some pics of the Croak interconnect cable builds and re-terminations here.

if you need a high performance cable in a custom length let me know. XLR changed to RCA and vice versa. Bi wire changed to single wire or bi amp etc.  I will do my utmost to keep the factory aesthetic and all terminations done on temp controlled equipment using Cardas Quad Eutectic Silver content solder.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 07:34:17 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/14e83fa4645b903a3528b2fca1b0969b.jpg)

Cardas RG179 digital co ax cable. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 07:37:22 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/b0500de340f5ae7927fe8f5dbfb3e791.jpg)

Tone arm lead using Cardas 24awgx4 on to old style SME 30xx type plug. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 07:42:29 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/87c301c07f16263b4b8b76cd9040ffdf.jpg)

Van den Hul D102 III with HiFi Tuning RCA plugs.  (Look frighteningly much like he uses the same OEM as Furutech). 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Mervin on February 06, 2016, 07:47:28 AM
Looks good.  Will certainly be contacting you.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: chrisc on February 06, 2016, 07:58:57 AM
I saw some miniature carbon core terminations at a hobby spares shop in Japan (the fellow at a hi-fi spares shop pointed them out to me at the hobby spares shop next door to him).  These were tiny crimp connectors and provided a short tab which would enable you to solder it to a phono socket.  I think they were 35 yen for a pack of 4 and accommodated up to 1mm thick conductors.  You really needed a special tool to attach them, but if you were careful, a small set of pliers would work.  I believe they were for model aircraft engines

Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: itscraig on February 06, 2016, 08:01:49 AM
great looking cables
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: CAD on February 06, 2016, 08:04:10 AM
Still use the Cardas XLR cables you made up for me a few years ago.

Good looking and well made cables G  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: scrarfussi on February 06, 2016, 08:10:21 AM
beautiful looking cables
keen to see the exotic stuff
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:10:25 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/e29356e5b9ba7499570710af2d9fe0f3.jpg)

Turned some loooonnngggg QED ref into more shorter ones and re terminated straight wire with Cardas connectors.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:12:13 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/2d23aff423696c544f18986bc0265083.jpg)

More QED shortened and multiplied.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:14:41 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/fe141c073ea3733877e8ca1d6063a31f.jpg)

Cardas AWG21x2 screened with Cardas RCA plugs.  My most popular custom cable.   
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: GECO on February 06, 2016, 09:19:13 AM
I really like the Cardas products. It is always a very safe bet for very high quality products
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:24:12 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/66e931d610239b0fbc1d91713e73cd80.jpg)

Deskadel pure silver cable from Belgique avec plugs de Cardas. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:25:23 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/ac796200b9fa588e925a9df5304950e9.jpg)

Deskadel with Neutrik XLR. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 06, 2016, 09:28:18 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/c9c760d2efd7dfc22af5971a8a7e0e4e.jpg)

Madrigal Levinson HPC interconnect.  A Teflon tape wrapped set of thin pure copper ribbons. No colour indicators so measurement needed to connect the right stuff to the right place in the plugs.  Here done with HiFi Tuning locking RCA plugs. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: ron g on February 08, 2016, 07:28:41 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/e29356e5b9ba7499570710af2d9fe0f3.jpg)

Turned some loooonnngggg QED ref into more shorter ones and re terminated straight wire with Cardas connectors.

those qeds look familiar. 
sounded pretty damn good  :clap:
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Juggy on February 09, 2016, 01:23:19 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/66e931d610239b0fbc1d91713e73cd80.jpg)

Deskadel pure silver cable from Belgique avec plugs de Cardas.

What heat shrink do you use? I can't seem to find anything that shrinks from that wide to very thin.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on February 09, 2016, 01:26:06 PM

What heat shrink do you use? I can't seem to find anything that shrinks from that wide to very thin.

Heat shrink has a shrink spec.   I use a lot of 3/1 ratio shrink. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: oradba69 on February 09, 2016, 01:46:41 PM
Just a +1 for the cables made by G. Well made stuff.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Nidri on February 11, 2016, 04:55:21 AM
Just a +1 for the cables made by G. Well made stuff.

Agreed.

He's a craftsman and a gentleman.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: scrarfussi on February 12, 2016, 07:41:11 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/c9c760d2efd7dfc22af5971a8a7e0e4e.jpg)

Madrigal Levinson HPC interconnect.  A Teflon tape wrapped set of thin pure copper ribbons. No colour indicators so measurement needed to connect the right stuff to the right place in the plugs.  Here done with HiFi Tuning locking RCA plugs.

i want these
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and teterminations
Post by: Adagio on February 15, 2016, 08:23:58 PM

Not forgetting the VDH SCS-2 terminations which Hi-Phibian expertly did for me.

(http://s12.postimg.org/km6gj7eh5/SCS_2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/km6gj7eh5/)

The pic does not do it justice - stiff, heavy hose-pipes requiring an ultra-wide turning-circle/floorspace when hooked-up.

(http://s18.postimg.org/na1quucut/Comparison.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/na1quucut/)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on March 01, 2016, 11:55:06 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160301/bce7b20a68c35208649c5fbc6f151db2.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160301/325453b7cec31f77ccec47260b7c1513.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on March 25, 2016, 09:21:19 AM
Cardas Musicians Reference. 


(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160325/e1acca2db14885e4e7a7a6b55e81d554.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Mervin on March 25, 2016, 10:12:29 AM
What I will be looking for when I return is XLR-> 2 x XLR for bi-amping (stereo pair)
This is then a Y-cable from pre to amp

PS; stunning art in this thread
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on March 25, 2016, 10:17:03 AM

What I will be looking for when I return is XLR-> 2 x XLR for bi-amping (stereo pair)
This is then a Y-cable from pre to amp

PS; stunning art in this thread

Hi Mervin


The split XLR is no problem.

Thanks for compliment. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: TimbaLand on March 25, 2016, 10:18:42 AM
I bought some Mogamis terminated with neutrik plugs. He made me these at a very goo price. The service was good and we sat and listened to Giullaume's setup
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: placebo on March 25, 2016, 10:45:36 AM
 :rubhands:77
I bought some Mogamis terminated with neutrik plugs. He made me these at a very goo price. The service was good and we sat and listened to Giullaume's setup
And how do the Mogamis sound if I may ask?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: TimbaLand on March 25, 2016, 10:59:07 AM
:rubhands:77And how do the Mogamis sound if I may ask?

I am happy with them
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on April 01, 2016, 10:31:27 PM
HiFi Tuning RCAs fitted to Analysis Plus "Yellow Oval" interconnect.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160401/36b5ec476c030100a5d59be48f707c65.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: carl on April 02, 2016, 01:51:15 PM
Thanks Guillaume,
They are really good, perhaps the easiest and best fit ever...
Sound is none too shabby as well.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: JonnyP on April 02, 2016, 04:48:34 PM
Those have to be the best looking ICs ever.  Not in the market at the moment but when the bug hits again I will be in touch
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on June 16, 2017, 11:48:58 PM
2x 3m CZ Gel became 2 pairs of 1.5m and a single 2m became a 1m pair.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170616/d9c5c948b858a0c602efe565ea948ab7.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170616/066356ed78120ee2199571cd7e501287.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: CAD on June 17, 2017, 07:26:19 AM
Lovely work G  :thumbs:

(http://www.willtheterminatorcometrue.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/arnold-terminator-sunglasses.gif)

Even the original Terminator is impressed "Dont come with me if you need your cables Terminated ,go to Croak"


Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: xenithon on January 28, 2018, 05:43:15 PM
Can I get pricing for a 1.5m balanced pair of interconnects using Mogami wire please?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on January 28, 2018, 06:03:21 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180128/14be8999e51fa97c8a8c2bac5247f6c5.jpg)

Reguit Draad Rapsodie
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: JJJ on January 28, 2018, 07:42:38 PM
Rebuilt dramas te Koop?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: JJJ on January 28, 2018, 07:47:59 PM
The English spellchecker a nightmare.
Is die reguit draad te koop?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on January 28, 2018, 08:50:17 PM
It may be.  It belongs to another re seller. 







[Anyone who thinks that wealth is measured in money is blind and narrow minded.  Wealth is obviously measured in turntables and records.]
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on January 29, 2018, 09:30:09 PM
Kimber KCAG that got converted with yuk XLR plugs. 

Imported the original Kimber Ultraplate plugs and its back to RCA. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180129/2e6061a087aac8372d41388c9e60a473.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: itscraig on January 30, 2018, 12:31:56 AM
Kimber KCAG that got converted with yuk XLR plugs. 

Imported the original Kimber Ultraplate plugs and its back to RCA. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180129/2e6061a087aac8372d41388c9e60a473.jpg)

beautiful looking
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: KSK on January 31, 2018, 10:12:16 AM
This is too yummy
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: carl on January 31, 2018, 10:27:02 AM
I'm so glad that it's mine...
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: win555 on February 13, 2018, 05:59:28 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/66e931d610239b0fbc1d91713e73cd80.jpg)

Deskadel pure silver cable from Belgique avec plugs de Cardas.

How much for 1.5m ?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on April 14, 2018, 11:09:45 AM
How much for 1.5m ?

R3800.00

Didnít notice this reply.   Sorry about that. 
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on April 14, 2018, 11:11:30 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180414/87e8a64d21a8f6303ec8cb1d61871da7.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180414/5612875df733ac3dd5d978a04fa5c3e8.jpg)

Cat Cables re worked from balanced XLR to RCA.  solid silver cores on to the interesting WBT 0102 ag next gen silver RCA plugs.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: King_Julian_S on April 14, 2018, 12:29:51 PM
G ...

Do you have any nickel plated wire or shielded cable ? Or know where one can find ? Approx 33 AWG ..

Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on April 14, 2018, 01:15:24 PM
Lots of shielded cable.  Most interconnects and microphone cables are a type of shielded cable. 

Never seen nickel plated wire before.  Van Den Hul for eg rates nickel as a terrible material to use in the audio signal.  I donít know. 







[Anyone who thinks that wealth is measured in money is blind and narrow minded.  Wealth is obviously measured in turntables and records.]
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: fdlsys on April 14, 2018, 01:49:25 PM
+1
Tinned or silver plated perhaps?
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: King_Julian_S on April 14, 2018, 02:03:47 PM
Thanks G...

I unfortunately would like some of those terribly rated things to try out something .. I seem to somehow have a preference for the ďbadly ratedĒ audiophile stuff ...

Just keep me in mind if you ever come across something close to that specs.





Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on August 30, 2018, 08:03:51 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180830/54c7d099491f6e2dad13b19bf032a607.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180830/13a8352f7d0e85d14ae53baaac9bf98b.jpg)
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Jason Willemse on August 30, 2018, 09:24:19 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180830/54c7d099491f6e2dad13b19bf032a607.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180830/13a8352f7d0e85d14ae53baaac9bf98b.jpg)
Lovely stuff right here. Will be needing your services soon.


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Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Katji on August 30, 2018, 10:23:16 AM
Me too, I've just been procrastinating because I'm not sure what I will need for adding subwoofers.

@Hi-Phibian , do you also do Mogami cable? I think I saw it somewhere in one of your threads.
Title: Re: Interconnect Builds and reterminations
Post by: Hi-Phibian on August 31, 2018, 05:23:23 PM
Me too, I've just been procrastinating because I'm not sure what I will need for adding subwoofers.

@Hi-Phibian , do you also do Mogami cable? I think I saw it somewhere in one of your threads.


Yes I can assist with Mogami.
Itís always worth considering that plugs and labour are similar in cost on a basic cable vs a more exotic one.  On basic cables plugs and labour can represent the bulk of the cost. 
Hence often the better cable with the same plug and labour content actually represents the better value.

For eg. Basic Mogami vs a Basic van den Hul RCA cable pair 1m.  The Van den Hul using Rean plugs (a Neutrik owned brand) I can do for R450, the basic Mogami about R290.  Hardly worth it imo.  It changes on long lengths obviously.