DEC Computer Lab for sale

Eric Moore mooreericnyc at
Sun May 30 08:22:31 CDT 2021

Hi, I have a DEC computer lab, but no cables. It works fine, but I would
love to pair it with an original-as-reasonable set of cables.

Are the mini-banana plugs the best modern replacement available? Are pics
of the original plugs available?

Thank you,


On Sun, May 30, 2021, 3:08 AM Vincent Slyngstad via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> On 5/29/2021 10:52 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
> >> While the mini-banana makes a passable (though expensive) modern
> >> substitute, I believe the originals were hollow crimp-on taper pins,
> >> #42107 or #42279.
> >
> > Really? I have loads of taper pin patch cables. I should try one out.
> >
> > The sockets just loom too big for taper pins.
> I have a few original cables.  They look to my untrained eye like
> stranded hook-up wire with a crimp-on pin on each end.  The pins look
> like brass, and are about the size of the ones in the DEC current loop
> connectors, except brass and fatter as you move back toward the crimp.
> Like proper taper pins, they wedge nicely into the brass annuli on the
> H-500.  They also work nicely in the earlier Logic Lab panels that took
> the flip-chip modules.  I wish I could find a source for the pins, as
> I'd like to make a pile of patch cables!
> Unless your taper pin patch cables fit, and you want to unload a bunch
> of them :-).
>         Vince

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