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billbax

13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« on: June 24, 2016, 12:22:35 PM »

Hi All,

I’m looking for three senior forum members to field test my 13-P plug and socket dust covers. I have three giveaway mixed bags of plug and socket covers (actually ten of each). If you’re interested, feel free to drop me a pm with your address, and I will be happy to ship them to you free of charge. The only catch is, I would like you to review them here at the v-guitar forum.

Thanks,  Bill

20 Plug and Socket covers


Mr Dust and Mr Dirt


An unprotected 13-P Plug




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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2016, 12:29:03 PM »

Bill,
These look excellent and should help all GK 13 pin users !

billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2016, 12:36:25 PM »

Thanks Elantric,

Your early Christmas present went off on Wednesday 8)
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2016, 01:38:56 PM »

I like them
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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2016, 02:17:38 PM »

One top-brass senior member done!  Just need two more.

Bill

http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/13pinprotection.html

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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2016, 10:50:15 AM »

I can confirm these Bill Bax  13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS are very effective and help maintain your Gk 13 pin plugs and jacks dustfree and minimize oxidation and contamination during transport and storage between gigs
http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2016, 10:57:05 AM »

I've been using the Bill Bax 13 pin covers for a couple of weeks and wanted to do a couple of rehearsals and gigs. I have to concur with Elantric these work excellent for keeping things clean and tidy.. Thanks Bil

Paul
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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2016, 01:43:20 PM »

Big thanks to Elantric and whippingpost for field-testing.

The idea with protecting and covering 13-Pin plugs and sockets is important. One length of 1.2M X 19.1mm heatshrink is enough to make 30+ covers, with a ‘bill of materials’ price of only £0.03 GBP each.

13-PIN SOCKET TEMPLATE PDF GUIDE
The protective covers are extremely easy to make, and only require a few simple tools. The PDF download template guide below should enable anyone to quickly fabricate enough covers to last a lifetime.


TOOLS
A paint stripper gun (low setting) is usually best with heatshrink, although a hair dryer is nearly as good. Saying that, using the girlfriends hair dryer might be the end of you...burnt-out hair dryer = dog-house or codesmart’s ‘war council’ etc.

TWEEZERS
A hot air gun or hair dryer can make holding a wobbling piece of heatshrink uncomfortable on your fingers , so using a long-reach pair of tweezers is a good idea.

ONE MORE... 1/4” / 6.35MM JACK COVER.  19.1mm Heatshrink.


See you,

Bill

http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/13pinprotection.html

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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2016, 02:13:58 PM »

Still need a 3rd senior?

I'm taking a VG-99 out on weekends to tiny bar stages these days. I have a a few other GR and VG stuff that's literally gathering dust in the garage right now, like my reviled GR-55. Hmm, not counting the switcher box, I've got 5 things that take 13-pin inputs. Dang, I'm a very fortunate dude.
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2016, 02:24:25 PM »

You are welcome. Thanks Paul
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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2016, 02:57:31 PM »

Thanks Paul and mooncaine for your thoughts etc. 

Mooncain send me a pm with your address, and I'll post on Monday 1st.  I've got a stock of 13-pin plug & socket covers, and if you want 1/4" covers that's ok?  The supply is 20 - you choose.

See you,

Bill

http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/13pinprotection.html

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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2016, 07:03:17 AM »

Practise safe 13-Pinning...    ;D
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whippinpost91850

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2016, 08:38:03 AM »

I've been using them everyday ;D
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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2016, 01:47:45 PM »

Thanks guys,

My latest fantasy is for some future archaeologist (4016AD) to find a 13-pin plug and socket in full working order.

From the 13-pin vault of horrors...

The pin insert should be self-cleaning, as the mating pinch is good. In practice, it’s usually a different story.


Clean pin contact and looking a bit sc-fi.


Very poor ground pressure contact


Unprotected Crimp Pin. 8 years old.
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2016, 02:20:41 PM »

Got my pack of dust covers, and just fitted some on a GK-3 wart and the cable that just came from it. Fit seems perfect.

I'll be taking my VG out next weekend; we'll see how it goes and whether I lose 'em.

Now that my 13-pin socket's so well-dressed, I feel like giving it a bath, but I'm afraid to break or mess with anything that's working just fine. It'll be 10 years old soon.

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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2016, 04:12:25 PM »

Hi mooncaine,

Good to hear they arrived safely.  Looking forward to hearing about your road test.

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I'll be taking my VG out next weekend; we'll see how it goes and whether I lose 'em.

That's given me an idea for 'glow in the dark' covers  ::)

Thanks,

Bill

http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/13pinprotection.html

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mooncaine

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2016, 06:30:14 PM »

Nice idea!

I'm thinking a hole through the flat end might be nice, to maybe attach it to the cable so it'll always be ready to hand.
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2016, 11:08:12 PM »

Bill, can you please quote me.
This is a splendid idea :D
Cheers
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mooncaine

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2016, 11:24:56 PM »

Early review: they got through gig #1 just fine. I used these to cap the input socket on my VG-99 and a GK-3 wart attached to a Squier Strat, and the cable ends of the cable I was using (though, now that I think about it, I should go cap my spare cable, too).

I used 'em all week, pulled 'em off at least 6 times, back on 7, then at the gig, I didn't know where to put 'em, so I stuffed 'em in my front pocket. They still seemed to work at evening's end, when I was packing up and put 'em back on.

So far, so good!
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2016, 12:08:43 PM »

Hi Mooncaine,

Thanks for the detailed field-test. 

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I'm thinking a hole through the flat end might be nice, to maybe attach it to the cable so it'll always be ready to hand.

After some thoughts and a detail chat with another senior forum member, I (we) think it's a bad idea keeping these covers outside of their resealable plastic bag.  Something to do with cross-contamination, by allowing dust and dirt to gather on the cover, and then fitting them to the plug/socket. IMHO this defeats the idea of a protective cover.

Bill

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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2016, 02:24:15 PM »

Yeah!! I got mine today. Immediately ran down to my basement and captured both the 13-pins and the 5-pins MIDI (yes they fit there to) on my too seldom used VG-99 and GR-33. Perfect fit!!!
Even though I haven't used rubber protection for years 8), I managed to fit these guys just perfect.

I took a photo but I'm too tired after driving four hours from kids and then rehearsing tonight with the band but I'll hope to post it soon.
Anyhow friends, this hi tech/low tech things (and clevere idea) is really great!

Thank you Sir Bill!!!

Cheers
Robert
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billbax

Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2016, 02:55:27 PM »

Hi Robert,

Thanks for reviewing the 13-pin covers. Your senior forum member opinion is very important and it's appreciated. If you can post the photos whenever, that would be great.

Thanks again,

Sir Bill 8)

http://www.separate-strings.co.uk/13pinprotection.html

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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2016, 07:23:33 PM »

Mine arrived yesterday and they have changed my life !!!   :o

Thank you Bill for a great product  ...which incidentally ALSO fits Synth-Linx Jacks  ;)

Kind regards,
Peter
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2016, 07:43:29 PM »

Yep I use them everyday and they are an awesome product
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Re: 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET DUST COVERS
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2016, 11:30:56 AM »

I have an update after using them a few weeks:

I thought I'd lose them when I took them off, so I put them in my pocket till after the show. They survived a few hours in my pocket with my big clunky keychain, and still have the proper shape. Still worked fine. Cool!

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