Patch cables - Van Damme vs Lava

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by VerySlowHand, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. VerySlowHand

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    Just some quick observations for anyone thinking about patch cables.

    I recently bought some ready made cables:

    * Van Damme Pro Grade Classic XKE cable with Switchcraft 228 pancake plugs.

    * Lava Mini Ultramafic with the same Switchcraft 228 pancake plugs.

    - I can't tell any sonic differences between the two.

    - The Van Damme cables is thicker, but super flexible, more so than any other cable I've used.
    - The Lava cable is thin and very stiff - stiffer than any cable I've ever used.

    I prefer the Van Damme - the flexibility really works well for routing on a pedal board -
    and it just feels like it's better quality. The stiffness of the Lava cable gives the impression
    that any tight bending close to the plugs will pull at the connections.
    This might be a false impression, but it's there nonetheless.
     
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