Patch cable footprints... BL cables vs. homemade cable with pancake connector

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  1. jrm

    jrm Member

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    Bizarre question.. and it may be just splitting hairs (literally), but perhaps you have some insight.

    I am putting together a pedalboard and trying to find some patch cables with small footprints. Specifically I have a Pedalboard Junction that is awesome, but fitting 4 right angle connectors across the top of it plus a DC cable can get a little tight. So, I'm looking for plugs that are low impact and don't require lots of space between pedals.

    So far the BL cables look really good for their size. However, I was wondering if it would be just as advantageous to buy some of those pancake style switchcraft plugs and cannibalize an old cable from my arsenal to make my own patch cables. The footprint seems like it would still be pretty small.

    Any thoughts from anyone with experience in this? Thanks!
     
  2. mike@nortoncable.com

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    this is about as small as it gets as far as east - west size..
     
  3. jrm

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    Those are the ones I was thinking about....having pretty much no soldering experience I figure now could be a good time to learn....
     
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    If the room is that high priority than those flat 1/4" can't be beat. But I wouldn't wanna have to solder all of those for my board. The bill lawrence is tops in my book.
     
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    Soldering - A couple pointers.

    Keep it clean.
    Less is more.
    More heat isnt always good.
     
  6. soli528

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    Hey jon- I responded to your email about this as well. My one concern with those flatjacks is that they're wide laterally- almost an inch. If you have tightly spaced jacks across the top side they may not all fit side-to-side. You need about 7/8" between jacks to fit two next to one another. Are the two inputs on your PJ for different guitars?
    Thanks,
     
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    Hey Soli,
    Just sent you a response to your email. Good to hear from you again.

    I realize exactly what you are saying here, and I think you'r concern (at least for plugging into my PJ) are right on. Yes, the two inputs are for two different guitars. This PJ is a tuner mute, master effects bypass, and guitar A/B swithcing box. Very useful, and very nice.
     

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