DEC MMJ, eBay madness

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 10:02:12 CST 2007


Tothwolf wrote:
> Don't fool yourself, there is a lot involved in making high quality 
> cables than just crimping on a couple of plugs.

Indeed.

> I haven't seen his connectors, so I can't say if he is using the "right" 
> connectors or not, but I do know that I've been buying AMP brand MMJ 
> plugs and I have genuine AMP tooling. The junk crimper he bought off of 
> eBay is a knock-off of the non-ratchet Ideal Telemaster. Anyone who has 
> done much in way of cable assembly knows how poorly those type of tools 
> preform. Short term, a cable made with that type of crimper might test 
> ok, but it isn't going to produce the consistent crimps that the AMP 
> crimper does so it may exhibit problems later.

Indeed.  When I first started making my own MMJ console cables I used to 
borrow the Ideal Telemaster of a local DEC dude.  Then a couple of weeks 
later, my brother bought me an Ideal Crimpmaster with a full set of 
dies.  The difference was like between night and day.

Peace...  Sridhar



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