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How to add RCA connectors to old reverb cables?

timmers

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Hey tech experts -

I've got a silverface Princeton Reverb that I'm trying to upgrade a bit. Step one is to replace the orig reverb tank, which is busted. Thanks to some great advice from TGP'ers to an earlier question I'd posted, I picked up a (correct!) replacement tank from Accutronics.

The new tank is here, ready to go and has jacks for RCA connections. Thing is, the reverb send & return cables from the amp itself don't have RCA plugs on the end, but rather the old-school type of what looks like bare wire-ish on the end.

Anyone know how if it's possible to 'install' RCA jacks onto the ends of those cables, and if so, a little step-by-step on how to do it?

Any help would be MUCH appreciated!!

Thanks folks!
 

TweeDLX

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Anyone know how if it's possible to 'install' RCA jacks onto the ends of those cables, and if so, a little step-by-step on how to do it?

Any help would be MUCH appreciated!!

Thanks folks!
Are you set on using the pre-existing cables? You could go to your local Radio Shack and buy a couple cables pre made...? Stereo cable? Might work.

Mike
 

timmers

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Are you set on using the pre-existing cables?
Don't have a preference, really - I'd love to upgrade those as well, but doing so would require installing RCA jacks on the 'receiving' end on the amp itself (on the chassis), which seems like a bigger deal than just RCA-ifying the existing cables on the 'verb tank end of things.

Good idea? Bad idea?
 

mark norwine

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The amp should already have RCA jacks on the chassis.......doesn't yours?

If not, your amp has been modded.....
 

timmers

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The amp should already have RCA jacks on the chassis.......doesn't yours?

If not, your amp has been modded.....
Yeah, this guy is a bit of a frankenstein: originally a Princeton, later modded by a tech to a Princeton Reverb. Crazy...
 

RussB

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Soldering RCA male jacks to old and tarnished outside shielded coax cable without melting the jacket is tough stuff for even the most experienced...
 

donnyjaguar

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Like Russ says. Sometimes you can strip back an inch or two of cable and still have enough length to let it reach the reverb tank. This way you're more likely to get into the cleaner shielding and inner conductor. Use the smallest RCA plugs you can find as you don't need the strain relief function of larger connectors.
 

TweeDLX

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You might be better off just adding the RCA jacks to the chassis, which is a relatively simple thing. Then you can buy pre-made cables to run between amp & reverb pan. Might save yourself a headache or two down the road that way.

Mike
 




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