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DIY Custom Silver Headshell , RCA connects

Postby Smengy1 » 28 Oct 2011 17:19

Hello,
This just in. Done and sounding absolutely incredbile!

CUSTOM FULL 999 SILVER HEAD SHELL WIRES (Photos courtesy of Fuji Finepix F10)
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CUSTOM HYBRID RCA CONNECTS
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999 HEADSHELL WIRES: RIO GRANDE JEWELRY SUPPLY

.999 FINE SILVER SOFT WIRE 30ga 5.58-30 FEET OR SO
.999 FIND SILVER TUBING .057 OD/ 1.1 MM ID 3.26-FOOT
EBAY-MUNDORF SILVER SOLDER 9% SILVER .3%(?)OR SO GOLD 6.00- 3 feet
can of BLACK DIP IT 4.00 or so(Home Depot)

Cutting these you will need jewelers saw blades. Very fine tooth count
on the blade. A jewelers work clamp as well. Split down the middle about
3/16. I did not measure, just eyeballed it. My saw blade's were very fine,
but still too large. Had to cut them on the forward stroke cause the teeth
still bit. Get good blades from Rio- laser gold was the name. Good quality
flexible alloy that don't break as quickly as other all steel blades.
Soldering was a challenge, I put wire in rubber band tensioned pliers,
then picked up solder on clip, and quickly moved it to wire.
Once soldered I used the Black Dip It to cover the wires, and protect
the ends from flexing. I made it thicker at the ends to fight the proclivity of
the wire to stress bend there and break.
1.1 mm ID worked great!!! A little fiddling to get them tight, but they worked!!

Deoxit- cheapest price I found it was at Guitar Centers Musicville. All connections were blissfully soaked with Deoxit.

RCA PLUG

RIO- SilverTubing .999 .128 x .010 12" $11.16 (center pin)
Home Depot-Copper tubing 3/8 OD/ proper ID for RCA 12.50 or so
EBAY Mundorf Silver Solder

Ok these were straight forward. After looking and looking and looking for
99.99 OFC high conductivity copper tubing all over, I settled on 99.95 copper
tubing, the .05 being phosphorous. I like the sound of Phosphor Bronze guitar
strings, so I settled on Refrigerator Copper Coil at Home Depot.
Cut them, slotted them 2x times, and drilled a hole for the negative conductor. I needed to drill the hole as the silver solder was having
a hard time sticking. Attach the wire, then put the iron on the copper and
let it heat up untill the solder flows. This gave best sweat and contact.
I flowed at least 4, 1/4 inch solder pieces into the center pins. I started with 2, but I had to cut them and re position the copper sleeves as I had them
too far out. Cut the center (+) lead shorter than the negative outer.

Installing was a little tricky. I used fine nosed pliers to nurse the center
pin into full seated depth. I did not do this the first time I shoved them in.
I should have wrapped the center pin at the base with electrical tape to
strengthen it. Guess I will just dab on some Dip It when I get around to it. :)

And the verdict. OMG!!! O:) \:D/ :-({|= :bike: :electric: :knight:
Insane!!! Whoever said that silver makes the sound drier, I don't know what
they are talking about. Everything is perfect. The Bass is incredible, treble details insane!!! Fine imaging. Words do not convey the fineness!!

I put them on once, and did not like them. I put on some brass silver plated RCA's, bought in China. The sound was so muffled and reedy. :( The bass smeared. So I had to resweat the silver copper back on. I think the extra silver to do it made a difference.

Any questions? fire away!
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Re: DIY Custom Silver Headshell , RCA connects

Postby Smengy1 » 02 Nov 2011 00:35

Just a heads up that now the Baewald Alignment is sounding much better than the
Stevenson alignment. Sound stage is full and 3D like with nipple erecting detail :oops: .

My combination of above silver modifications and use of LME49710ha cans detailed here : viewtopic.php?f=52&t=40882 in my
Auzentech X-Meridien 7.1 2g(i hate typing that :x ) is insane!!! Definitely found my recording rig now!!!
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Re: DIY Custom Silver Headshell , RCA connects

Postby Smengy1 » 02 Nov 2011 23:42

Here is what the modification sounds like.
You can compare it to my which turntable sounds better link.
Hieroglyphic name means - Ht-466 TT, Beawald or Lofgren A alignment, 4 oclock
bass and Treble on my adcom preamp, 1.8g stylus weight and tracking. Oh all silver
S^%T is silver headshell and rca plug mod.

ortofon x1-mc cart

Smooth operator cut
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9B14H5S0
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Re: DIY Custom Silver Headshell , RCA connects

Postby Smengy1 » 06 Nov 2011 07:24

Quite by accident I came upon Ortofon Silver Headshell wires on Ebay.
The price was $99 dollars. I made min for lessee, 3.26 tubing, 6.50 for Mundorf solder, 30 feet of 30 gauge soft wire was only around 5.50. sooooo 15.50 or so.
O wait the Dip it was like 5.50. So 21 dollars oh 25 with shipping from Rio Grande.
:) This does not count the saw blades and a Jewelers work clamp that you will need, for that matter the saw blade frame, which should be able to be found cheap at a flea market. Ebay I am sure you could buy used jewelers tools for
pretty cheap.
X5-mc is on the way!!! Cant wait to digitze my collection at 96khtz and capture it with my Auzentech!!! =D> :lol: :bike:
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