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How to repair moulded plastic patch cables?
Old 23rd January 2020
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How to repair moulded plastic patch cables?

Hello!

Sorry if this is a stupid question. But I just don’t know why to do.

I have a few 1/4” ms-20 patch cables that are intermittent.
I’d like to open them up and solder them / repair.

However, I have no idea how to do that with a moulded plug. Please correct me if my terminology is incorrect, sorry!

Cables like this:



I know some push out and you can access it that way, but this one looks pretty closed up.

Thank you!
Old 23rd January 2020
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I don’t know of a way to “repair” molded plugs. I usually clip off the molded plug and put on a new plug with a plastic or metal barrel.
Or I throw the cable away if it is showing a lot of wear (bends, kinks, scuffs, cuts).
Old 23rd January 2020
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Yeah true that is what I usually do as well.

Main difference here is that they came with a limited edition synth and I’m hoping to keep them as close to original as possible.

Suppose I could just find a similar looking plug

Thank you!
Old 23rd January 2020
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they came with a limited edition synth and I’m hoping to keep them as close to original as possible!
OK. If the synth’s maker is still in business, have you contacted them? They might sell the cable separately, or tell you what company made the cable.
Old 23rd January 2020
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Just cut it cleanly down one side with a scalpel type knife, solder, glue it back up and cover with heat shrink. Done well you won't see the seam.
Old 24th January 2020
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Thank you everyone! I’ll reach out to korg since they did just announce another run of the ms-20 full size, didn’t think they might have extra patch cables.

Failing that, I will try the other repair method detailed.

Thank you!
Old 11th February 2020
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Molded cables are pure evil.
Old 12th February 2020
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They are indeed evil. I didn’t reach out to korg, I just bought some cheap hosa ones on amazon. Working fine so far. Thanks again everyone!
Old 13th February 2020
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They are indeed evil. I didn’t reach out to korg, I just bought some cheap hosa ones on amazon. Working fine so far. Thanks again everyone!
I too have a good experience of using molded cables. I bought it from local electronics store.
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