The 'Tone Defender'
Harp Mic Cable

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Hand built with your choice of Mogami Neglex 2534 or Canare L-4E6S Cable... Silicone injected genuine Switchcraft connectors, multiple layers of double wall adhesive lined heat shrink tubing, correctly silver soldered connections plus several unique proprietary features.  Free cable tie included.
 
When you need a pro quality cable to mate with the 5/8" screw connector on your harp mic... The 'Tone Defender' will give you everything you seek and more!

Tone Defender cables are available in Red, Black, Blue and Violet.
Gray, brown, yellow, orange, green and white are available for additional cost.  Contact if desired.
 
A Tone Defender can be Personalized with with name, email and/or phone number... to help insure it comes back if it's left behind at a gig.  The personalization tag is encased in clear heat shrink tubing and therefore very durable, just like the rest of this class leading product. 

Construction is incredibly robust, my proprietary 55 step assembly process of the screw connector end assures reliability under the most demanding stage environments.  Just what the doctor ordered for that vintage JT-30, modified Shure bullet, or any other mic with a standard 5/8" screw fitting.

High end cables with this desirable connector type have never been mass produced.  None of the old vintage stuff is built strong enough for hand held stage use, and none of it shields very well.  The stuff I see offered on ebay obviously has the same issues.  If you are an amplified harp player you may well be weary of having these inferior cables let you down... usually mid-solo.  If so, a Tone Defender will set things right for a long time to come. 


I recommend an 18.5 or 20 foot length for stage use, and an 8 to 10 foot length for critical recording purposes.

The quad conductor cable from either Mogami or Canare is engineered to have superior noise rejection properties.  Each has slight differences that may cause you to prefer one over the other, I'll be pleased to talk to you about which would be the most suitable for your needs.  Both are very flexible and remain so at low temperatures, this prevents unseen internal damage when the cable is flexed or uncoiled when extremely cold.  The XLPE jacketing surrounding the four inner conductors is extremely heat resistant; there is no melting or insulation shrink-back during the soldering process.  Shrink-back exposes bare wire ends to short circuits; melting can foul soldering tips and compromise the integrity of all the solder connections… these issues are common problems with cables fabricated from inferior wire.

A new Switchcraft 5/8" female screw fitting is attached to one end the cable with my proprietary 55 step process.  It will remain intact under demanding performance situations that cause other cables to fail, you could probably swing from it (not recommended).  The ¼’ Switchcraft 'guitar' jack on the other end is also attached in a proprietary manner (including a flowable silicone core) to make it dead solid reliable.
 

Fabrication is performed in a clean organized environment. I use a high quality temperature controlled soldering station, employing soldering techniques and temperatures appropriate to each unique part of the build process.  Everything is wiped with 91% (medical grade) alcohol before assembly, to assure there are no contaminants present that could weaken an adhesive bond or compromise a solder connection.


 
I do not use ‘tweed’ jacketed wire with my Tone Defender cables.  The synthetic tweed can rub against the 'rubber' jacket underneath and induce unwanted capacitance... Think about rubbing a balloon on your head, it’s the same general principal.  There are a couple of tweed instrument cables out there that are extremely expensive, those might be an exception but the cost is somewhere on the order of 4 times that of a Tone Defender… and none of those are available with a screw fitting end.  In general, mass produced tweed mic cables are cheaply constructed in Chinese sweat shops, they hope you like how it looks and that you don’t ‘peek under the hood’. Aside from the capacitance issue there is a tendency for tweed to unravel... do you really want bits of that tweed getting inside of your harps and into your lungs?  There is also the increased weight/decreased flexibility.  Tweed has another nasty little drawback (pun intended); pull it quickly through closed hands and you can get a severe case of rope burn.  I once saw a guy's hands bleed from that, which is not what you want just before you take the stage.