Quick wiring question

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Lavochkin, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:49 PM.

  1. Lavochkin

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    About to order parts for a first build (Micro Champ). About wire, which is prefered, solid or stranded?

    TIA
     
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    Solid is less microphonic. Highy recomend it.
     
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    Prepare for 18 different answers. Seems to be a matter of primarily personal preference.

    I've settled on 22ga stranded topcoat wire myself.
     
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    Not too thin, not too thick: just right.

    I also like using cloth covered wire (as used in vintage guitars). It's tinned 2 strand, push back the cloth to solder (no need to strip the insulation), and the finished product looks really good.
     
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    Hoffman sells some very nice solid core if you choose to go that route. Valvestorm sells a 22awg, pre-tinned topcoat stranded wire that holds it shape very well and doesn't melt as quick as others when soldering. It has become my favorite wire unless I want to stay period correct with the cloth covered.
     
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    That stuff is stranded and pre-tinned. Which makes it more stable, like solid core.
     
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    Bottom line, pre-tinned wire.
     
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    Yes, solid core cloth wire is pre-tinned also.
     
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    I like the solid core (I got mine from the Hoffman site). Some folks say solid core is prone to breaking but I never have had an issue with that yet. I guess just don't keep bending it...
    The topcoat I hear is great also, I just haven't tried it yet.
     
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    Solid core can break, if you keep bending on it like a retard. Like any other solid wire.
     
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    If you grab a free organ or two off Craigslist, you will have all the vintage wire you will ever need.
    Shielded, solid, and some cloth wrapped.
    Also Speakers, Transformers, Tube sockets, resistors, caps, and tubes.
    I hardly buy anything at all.
     
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