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The ‘Tone Defender’ Harp Mic Cable – 20′ w/Blue Canare Quad wire
Visit my auctions for vintage microphones & related items… Custom fabricated harp mic’s & cables offered via ebay Buy-It-Now.
Meticulously hand crafted, incredibly durable! Also available Red, Violet and Black in my other listings. Black costs a bit less.
This is one tough cable, the screw fitting end alone undergoes my proprietary 55 step assembly process.
Dress up your stage appearance with a colored jacket Tone Defender! The blue and violet ones are more understated, they blend well with a wide variety of wardrobes and stage decors, the red ones are more flashy and make a bold statement. All three colors are less likely than a black cable to be left behind or stomped upon by bandmates & stage crews.
The real deal! Fabricated with high end Canare L-4E6S Quad Core OFC microphone wire, silicone injected Switchcraft components, silver solder, multiple layers of expensive double wall self adhesive heat shrink tubing + several exclusive premium features. Often shipped same/next day as payment arrives, max shipping wait is 5 business days if I need to fabricate one to fill your order. (materials always on hand)
Ever wonder why your rig is sometimes quiet and sometimes has more hum? Aside from issues with your amp there are two main reasons, dirty power and radiated interference, a Tone Defender nicely addresses the latter. The quad core wire in a Tone Defender offers superior shielding against RF and EM interference, especially when compared to typical twisted pair mic cables or center conductor “instrument cable”. This high level of shielding offers real world benefits when on stage surrounded by neon signs, wireless mic transmitters, lighting controllers, speaker wires, and randomly positioned power cables… as well as the magnetic fields generated by transformers in instrument amps, pedal boards and PA amps. Unlike single conductor cables, the shield on a Tone Defender does not transmit the minus side of the signal, instead, the + and – pathways are each carried by a pair of conductors that nest safely inside of the shield. This studio grade technology helps provide interference free transmission of your signal in all environments.
All that shielding does no good if the cable doesn’t hold together… I’ve put an absurd amount of thought into that aspect, over a span of several years I’ve developed and refined a multiple step construction process which insures that a Tone Defender is incredibly robust, I think you could probably swing from it (not recommended) and still have it pass a clean signal. The first ones I made several years ago were outstanding, still no failures reported. This is the third generation Tone Defender, as good as the others were these are even stronger… This beast also looks great!
There are screw fitting cables on ebay that cost less… at least in the short term, as some are well known to fail the very first time it’s subjected to common twisting or pulling forces. Some look like they will hold up longer, but none I’ve seen come close the robust construction of a Tone Defender.
I likely earn far less per hour than those who sell the cheaper ones, each Tone Defender takes 2+ hours on my bench to hand craft, some of the others would quite obviously take only about 10-15 minutes, and the raw materials alone in a Tone Defender cost more than the final selling price of many others. Not much profit here, just wanted to offer the harmonica community a product that would perform at a very high level and stand the test of time. If someone claims their cable has better “specifications” then look at ALL the specs, rather than just the ones that are being boasted about, which might be ones that are not particularly meaningful in real world use. Look to see if they are comparing to the L-4E6S quad core cable I use rather than a different grade. Most harp mic cable descriptions on ebay ignore the important factors of shielding properties, insulator shrink-back, wire strand counts, low temp flexibility, and long term durability. Ask the fabricator to cite the exact brand and part number of the wire they are using (typically absent from descriptions here). Some of the wire I see used in cheap cables costs less than 10 cents a foot… regardless of the glittery over-hyped claims those products don’t measure up.
When I see other fabricators making good stuff and conducting themselves in an open ethical manner I am quick to acknowledge it, quite often publicly. I know at least a couple others who make quality cables at different price points, I frequently speak well of them, and even though we are competitors I often send people their way. Been at this well over 30 years, have shared knowledge freely with fabricators who asked me how they could build a better product. That said, I’ve never been shy about pointing out the all too abundant hustles, ineptitude, and marketing hype that litters the world of online auctions for harmonica related gear… ask for my free Harp Mic Buyers Guide if you want to further explore this topic. Also available at the Harmonica Planet website.
Additional colors, lengths and wire types are available in my other listings. Ask if you don’t see what you need… custom setups and multiple orders are available.
You can personalize your Tone Defender with an ID tag embedded in durable clear heat shrink. This allows you to recover your valuable cable if it’s ever left behind at a gig. There is a $5 charge for this, but I do not see a way to add the option to the listing. (grrrr) I can run a separate listing if you want it personalized… I would need to know before you hit the buy button.
Unlike cables with synthetic “tweed” wrappings or cheesy plastic jackets (you get what you pay for), a Tone Defender will remain flexible in extreme low temperatures. Uncoiling the Canare Quad wire even in sub-freezing temperatures will not damage the high grade XLPE insulation surrounding each of the 40 strand quad conductors. This cable is equally immune to high heat conditions.
While on the topic of tweed jacketed wire… modern nylon or fiberglass “tweed” covering isn’t cloth in the traditional sense we usually think of. It may have a vintage “look”, but claims of it being vintage or cloth seem to be pandering and misleading.
The “tweed” rubs against the rubbery jacket underneath and can induce unwanted capacitance. Think about rubbing a balloon on your head (if you have hair), it’s same general principal. When capacitance specifications are measured for tweed jacketed products they of course do so under ideal lab conditions… on stage in the real world these specs may not hold true. While tweed jackets do add some rub resistance, they also make a cable needlessly fat, stiff, and bulky, they take up a lot of extra space in your kit. Draw ‘tweed’ covered wire through your hand too fast & you’ll wind up with a nasty rope burn! There’s also those little bits of synthetic material they shed, which can get inside of your harps and choke reeds, also into your microphones and then into your lungs when you play… No Thanks!
Color rendering can vary a lot on different computers, I try to be as accurate as possible but the color might look different than on your screen when it arrives. All the colors look great under stage lighting! Due to hand fabrication the length can vary +/- 3 inches (1″ is typical). Additional details about this pro grade product are available at the Harmonica Planet website.
This cable will attach perfectly to one of my world class ‘Twin Tone’ microphones, as well as to a wide variety of other harp mic’s, adapters, inline volume controls and on/off switches that feature a standard 5/8″ screw-on connector, some of these items are seen in the photos.
Sent by USPS Small Flat Rate Priority Mail to all US locations. These cables are EXTREMELY DURABLE, so I offer the default of non-insured shipping to save you money. I do not provide refunds for non-insured items that may be lost, damaged or delayed in transit. You assume all risk of loss or damage if you do not request and pay for an insured mail service. .
Orders of under $400 from outside the US ship via uninsured USPS First Class International. Insured Priority Mail shipping outside the US is available but has become very expensive, sometimes around 10x the economical First Class rates… I’m not making extra profit from it. First Class International is sometimes very slow, sometimes 10 weeks or more, but usually much faster. I’ll mail your item promptly, please be fair and base you feedback upon how quickly it left my hands rather than how long it takes to arrive.
Only a single cable is included in the auction, anything else shown is for illustrative purposes and/or to provide a sense of scale.
Mini Bio: I’m the Twin Tone and Harmonica Planet.com guy, stage manager for the international SPAH convention since 2012, producer of the International Blues Blowoff, and 9 year stage manager/co-producer of a major blues festival. I also front The Well Diggers on harp & vocals. Been playing harmonica 40+ years & have built mic’s for well over three decades. Retired from a tech career that spanned nearly 35 years, a career that left me uniquely qualified to design and build world class mic’s and cables. My father was a VP with Storz Broadcasting, he and two others cooked up the top 40 radio format way back in the 1950’s. Pre-teen years included many visits to the Storz/WQAM studios in Miami, where I was mesmerized by all the buttons, gauges, spinning tape reels and microphones… it got in my blood & never left.
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