We have received cables that were damaged caused by musicians not properly taking care of their cables. As our warranty states, we will take care of cables that are defective because we did something wrong during construction. We do not warranty cables that musicians damage. Damage, most of the time, is nothing more than not knowing better.
Here is a video that we did on how to wrap your cable properly and how to store your coil cable. If you follow these techniques, you will lengthen the life and experience and rewards of buying better cable.
Cables are made with precious metals
Quality cables are made from precious metals. Actually, a lot of electrical cords, communication cables, etc., are also make from precious metals regardless of the quality of cable.
As musician’s, we are in the activity of making music and that means that we get the best sound delivery gear, gadgets, instruments that we possibly can afford. Ultimately, we are really trying to express the music we hear in our minds and hope that we can get close enough to reproduce it so others can hear it too.
Why then, when it comes time to pulling the whole assembly together, do we give little or no thought to the cables that we are going to use? They are the signal delivery path that will help you achieve the success of all of your combined decisions, or the noise enhancement line that will minimize your experience.
Your choices actually have an impact.
Here are a few concepts that we propose, considering that we are well aware that we take from the earth and are therefore a part of the big picture:
Expense alone should not define a cable’s quality. Construction techniques define a cable’s quality.
Not all expensive cables are quality cables worth the price, but no ill-constructed cheap cable is ever worth the price.
Any company that has multi-level of quality cables cannot possible have high standards: They have already proven that they are willing to compromise quality by the very act of making inferior cables.
Just outside Butte, Montana lies a pit of greenish poison a mile and a half wide and over a third of a mile deep. It hasn’t always been so – it was once a thriving copper mine appropriately dubbed “The Richest Hill in the World.” Over a billion tons of copper ore, silver, gold, and other metals were extracted from the rock of southwestern Montana, making the mining town of Butte one of the richest communities in the country, as well as feeding America’s industrial might for nearly a hundred years.
By 1983, the hill was so exhausted that the Anaconda Mining Company was no longer able to extract minerals in profitable amounts. They packed up all the equipment that they could move, shut down the water pumps, and moved on to more lucrative scraps of Earth. Without the pumps, rain and groundwater gradually began to collect in the pit, leaching out the metals and minerals in the surrounding rock. The water became as acidic as lemon juice, creating a toxic brew of heavy metal poisons including arsenic, lead, and zinc. No fish live there, and no plants line the shores. There aren’t even any insects buzzing about. The Berkeley Pit had become one of the deadliest places on earth, too toxic even for microorganisms.
Or so it was thought.
Written by Richard Solensky on 01 July 2008