Celestion Push-On Tabs - What Size Female Disconnect Crimp Terminal?

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  1. StratStringSlinger

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    Apparently there's various size disconnect crimp terminals (aka push on connectors) with the most popular size being 3/16" and 1/4". I found out the hard way after ordering an Evidence Audio speaker cable and finding out that it was way too loose and wiggle around on my Celestion speaker. I'm guessing I need to move down to the 3/16" connector. Does anyone know for sure what size tab Celestion speakers have?

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    It's in between 3/16 and 1/4; 3/16 won't fit. IIRC it's .205", which is around 5.25mm.
     
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    If you're not going to be doing a lot of switching, please solder the connection on there. It's just more reliable.
     
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    Glad you posted this before I got the 3/16" one! Why did Celestion pick .205"? I don't see them available at Home Depot so I would have to order from Parts Express. Can you or anyone else confirm it's the .205" connector I need? Thanks.
     
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    It's a .205" for sure. Most speakers use that size
     
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    So the official answer I got from Celestion UK overnight was

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    The tabs are 6mm wide, so the ΒΌ” is the closest of the options you listed below.

    One of my USA co-workers buys a #6 from Home Depot and he says that it works just fine….

    Regards,"

    So 6mm converts to 0.236"; I know 1/4" (aka 0.250") is pretty loose; I'm hoping 0.205" will still fit but snugly on a Celestion speaker (couple people here seem to say so). I'll go to Home Depot today to try to find this 'Size 6/6mm connector'.
     
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    I was going off memory on the #6...let me know if it works.
     
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    Thanks Ricks for your voicemail reply, I will report back with what I find out at the local Home Depots.
     
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    You can always tighten the grip of an oversized crimp terminal by a gentle squeeze with pliers then push on to the speaker terminal. I have done this a lot with no issues.
     
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    I use 3/16 on most everything. That fits Weber, Jensen, Eminence, WGS, CTS, Oxford, Utah. Some others are tight though. Maybe the Celestions are metric?
     
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    Just a quick update. I spent a good deal of time today searching for a female disconnect crimp terminal with a 6mm tab with no success. I tried Home Depot, Radio Shack, Mouser and Parts Express. I have e-mailed Celestion again to see if they can advise where to buy the appropriate 6mm connector. I have no idea why the worlds largest guitar speaker manufacturer would use such a odd size tab. I'm baffled.
     
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    .205" ...seriously. I buy them by the 100 pack. It's what fits all speakers with tabs
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate it and will maybe end up using .205" connectors but the down side is .205" connectors are still hard to find. I would have to order them from parts express and the ones they have don't have the insulation cover. Any suggestions where I can buy quality .205" connectors with the insulation cover?

    At the same time, I do want to get to the bottom of this mystery; I have not idea why Celestion would choose to install a 6mm tab? I looked at the tech sheets/product brochures for some of the larger manufactures and none of them make 6mm ones. Odd.
     
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    This is the video I used on how to undo the crimps.

     
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    Here's a Celestion and a Jensen Jet (with some solder still on the tab)


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    How anyone can get a 3/16" female spade on these terminals is beyond me!
     
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    I have insulated and non-insulated. I tend to shrink wrap the connector after I solder it to the wire with red & black to denote polarity.

    I may have got them from Parts Express
     
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    Where did Marshall get those connectors!? I notice how tight they were on the speaker; the 1/4" (aka .250") definitely are not that tight; you wiggle the. A little and they come right off.
     
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    Ok just a quick update to close out this thread/my efforts to find the right connector. Per Celestion UK, they use the 1/4" (aka 0.250") connectors in their own labs. Not sure why they put a 6mm (aka 0.236") tab on their speaker when there is no such thing as a 6mm female disconnect crimp connector being sold anywhere. People here have suggested the 0.205" connectors are a great fit, and they probably are, but I would have to mail order them from parts express. I ended up just using the 1/4" connectors to test my speaker cables/various speakers. Cheers.
     
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    Wayne, you're a stubborn guy!

    Celestion uses .205" wide tabs. I have 7 various Celestion speakers here, and 6 have .205" tabs. I have the picture showing it ;)

    One has those solder-only little hooks.
     

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