I am about to order some replacement electronics for a partscaster I have and was just wondering about the TGP opinion here. Is the Pure Tone Jack an upgrade worth trying or is Switchcraft the way to go? What are your thoughts and experiences here. What is the current wisdom on pots also if you don’t mind sharing as well. I like quality and don’t mind paying for reliable performance and I have heard CTS are disappointing as of late?
As for pots...I don't have first-hand experience, but I'm very eager to try the Emerson Pro CTS Pots (8% tolerance) from stewmac
Get CTS, but not directly CTS, get the DiMarzio or Emerson version:
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Is there something lacking with the Switchcraft?
A simple lock-washer would have fixed that on your OUTPUT jack.
I have had jacks that have not been touched in decades.
They don't come loose.
but it's not equal; the puretone is obviously a cheap east-asian made jack with a clever gimmick.
now if a real company like switchcraft or neutrik made a version then i might take it seriously
in fact they do, and have for a while, the switchcraft #2T11
you never see them because it's not necessary
I use switchcraft because I have replaced so many cheap jacks that lose their spring temper.
I've replaced several cheap import guitar's jacks with Switchcraft and been happy with them. I did have one late '80s Washburn with a tight jack cavity with little clearance that I was having trouble with and used a Pure Tone on that and it worked out great. Having had good luck with Switchcraft for the last 30+ years, I'll stick with them for now.sure, but since the real switchcraft #11 is like $2 i can't see a reason to ever bother with those lesser choices
Same. Did it first by accident (picked the wrong socket out of the stash), but it worked out well, so have repeated it intentionally.…The extra, "ring" contact provides extra tension, similar to the PT design, in a sturdy, Switchcraft-quality plug. I wire the ground wire to both the ring and sleeve lugs…
I might have run out of monos!Same. Did it first by accident (picked the wrong socket out of the stash), but it worked out well, so have repeated it intentionally.
better than the others but pretty much all barrel jacks suck, they wear out and there's no real way to retension themMoving slightly sideways, how are the Switchcraft barrel sockets?
They are getting near $20-30 here ($AUS), so pondering replacement options (mounting plate and open frame socket?).
These little fellers from ETI.Minimal connector mass MAY reduce capacitance from unhearable to unnoticeable, but RCA jacks do not have a 'point' contact.
Or are you referring to some sort of RCA alternate?
that's about the dumbest thing i've seen all weekThese little fellers from ETI.
Notice the front one. What you'd normally think of as the barrel (ground connector) is a type of composite which supports the small pin that is the actual ground connection.
The average RCA jack needs to have its plug inserted, squeezed, spun around, just to clean up the contact areas.they found a way to sabotage the one big advantage of RCA jacks, namely the large surface contact area. also, since RCAs have no "click" involved, no positive locking connection but are just held by friction, they created a nice setup where the slightest movement of the cable causes it to fail
that's about the dumbest thing i've seen all week
they found a way to sabotage the one big advantage of RCA jacks, namely the large surface contact area. also, since RCAs have no "click" involved, no positive locking connection but are just held by friction, they created a nice setup where the slightest movement of the cable causes it to fail
Yup, it's the difference between gear whose primary design criterion is to withstand torture (guitars, pro sound, etc.) and gear which will be in a fairly "controlled" environment (audiophile/hi-fi).The average RCA jack needs to have its plug inserted, squeezed, spun around, just to clean up the contact areas.
These look suitable for some sterile lab where things work undisturbed by real world hazards.
How did they conclude that there was an improvement?
quick switching box to compare before your auditory memory resets (a few seconds at best)?I have to tell you, that with the audio interconnects I've designed (using 25/38 nylon served litz), I can "hear" a lower noise floor when using the ETI connectors.
everybody does when it comes to their own experience but that doesn't mean it's not happeningWhy I hear the difference...is beyond me, but I seriously doubt that it's due to confirmation bias.
Everybody likes lower floors and higher ceilings.You might think I'm mad, but I strongly suspect you'd hear it as well. How much importance you'd ascribe to it is a different question.
I sympathize. I have a sensitive left ear. It's not typical tinnitus symptoms, but I have to be watchful, and am pretty sensitive to amp distortion, so I practice clean to light breakup.Everybody likes lower floors and higher ceilings.
My tinnitus level is likely higher than the noise floor from even the most modest RCA connector, though.
BTW given the right gear is not the noise level measurable for confirmation?
As far as quick switching is concerned, now we've introduced a new variable - the switch. Given that we're testing connections, I don't think this makes sense.quick switching box to compare before your auditory memory resets (a few seconds at best)?
double blind test (somebody else doing the switching, neither of you know which is which?)
even better, competition barista champion and youtuber james hoffman's "triangle tests", where you get two of one thing and one of another and see if you can really pick the odd man out?
absent those things i just don't see it
everybody does when it comes to their own experience but that doesn't mean it's not happening
Care to contribute something instead of sniping?Congratulations, journeyman, you are now approaching the apex of Overthinking ****.
What does one want from a connector?I bet this will sound great along with my $70 guitar cable