Old XLR jacks..still good?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by gmu, May 31, 2005.

  1. gmu

    gmu Active Member

    May 9, 2005
    I'm doing a rewire of my studio and started looking at my available loose jacks and cabling. I've found 20 or so male and female XLR's that I know are very old.. 20 years or so.

    I'm just wondering if I'm wrong in thinking that they should work just fine. Of course I'd clean them up with the appropriate cleaner.

    I also have one snake that was butchered a while back that I figure is time to dump. How old is too old for good quality snake cable? Last thing I want to do is spend a few days with the soldier gun on inferior cabling.

  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Most of what I own is 20+ years old(Sigh). Still, plastic does dry-out, insulation(Even the modern stuff(20-) cracks, etc.

    Maybe, if it looks good, tests good, with excellent quality connectors/cable, etc., give it a try? If one's life(Even professionally), depends on it..? We're not talking too much money here, maybe best to consider upgrading/replacing. Keep the old stuff(Re-configured snake.) as a "spare" for when your new one gets "butchered" some busy night.
  3. gmu

    gmu Active Member

    May 9, 2005
    good advice

    Yeah, it reminds me that when I think maybe I'm being cheap, I probably am.

    Still, I wish I could find some stats on this somewhere. Do you know how one would go about checking cables and jacks?...aside from building and listening? For instance would checking the resistance end to end of a pin or wire tell you anything other then continuity?

    I guess I'll get my meter out right now and try that...for the fun of it.

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