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Posted by §žurious on September 27, 2001 at 05:16:15:
In Reply to: Monster Cable posted by DP on September 26, 2001 at 23:09:33:
: 1) Anybody recommend a good cable that takes a licking and doesnt fall apart?
I've had two digiflex's that I maintain on fairly regular basis. they're both good cables BUT it depends on what kind of abuse you put them through.
I gave the planetwaves from d'addario a chance, sounds really good with my acoustic bass, so so with my electric, I think it's just a quality of bass/pickup issue there.
If you can solder and don't mind putting time in, get any sort of cable that you can open the connector at the end and fix it yourself when your guitarist decided to playfully yank your cable out by the chord as a joke in practice. Or your drummer, weaving through gear, slips and steps on your cable tugging it really hard.
: 3) How do you get the store to honor the "lifetime" guaranty.
Quite plainly, you don't. having worked in retail, the basics are, "if they send a rep to pick up their broken stuff, we'll honour warranties. If they don't, we'll point the guy to the right spot." In some cases, the manufacturer will not ALLOW the retailer to honour warranties. Retail is not in a position to examine cables to judge whether or not the equipment was damaged due to improper use or manufacturer's defect.
sad fact is, most of those "lifetime warranties" are not. They're rather specific about what causes abuse (read general use) which is why most people don't allow retail outlets to honour warranties because they end up being stuck with quite a bit of losses in material that is, by their definition, abused gear.
Go to radio hack, see if they can get you the right tools and parts and make your own with locking cable connectors. If you're competant enough and get the right parts, you should be able to manufacture your own equipment cables that will be very good to high quality. Then you can honour your own "lifetime warranties" and not worry too much about shoddy quality.
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