[sdiy] Cable Label choices and Preparation Methods
jschwich53 at comcast.net
Tue May 25 19:47:12 CEST 2021
A Sharpie and those plastic bread bag tags work for me.
On 5/24/2021 11:33 PM, Tom Farrand via Synth-diy wrote:
> I finally have the makings for a smaller-studio in my basement.
> Recently I received a batch of cables of assorted descriptions such as
> "guitar cables", MIDI cables, various other audio cables, and cables
> dedicated to a Mackie mixer from assorted gizmos as well as dedicated
> wiring to things like equalizers, reverbs, vocoder, etc.
> How does one identify cable ends such that the device connection is
> uniquely identified as "*AF OUT BassStation*" or other identity. I
> was planning to mark each cable end using Panduit LJSL11-Y3 labels.
> These work a treat, are printed on a laser printer exactly as one
> would want, and I have used these commercially in the control panel
> business for labeling "inside" wiring on various control systems. My
> issue is that these label blanks are rather expensive and are only
> sold in quantities of 1,000 labels at the minimum. There are 28 label
> blanks on each 8.5" x 11" sheet. (You can print only one label per
> pass or the whole sheet of 28. Your choice.) A thousand labels cost
> about $350.00. That's a lot of money for labeling cables. Sure,
> these Panduit labels work a treat but damn, $350 is a lot of dough for
> labeling. But I do want something that is bullet-proof in
> readability, and won't discolor over long periods of time. And I sure
> don't want any gooey adhesive that will migrate over time due to heat,
> humidity, or other environmental issues.
> As a very late-comer to the party, I have no idea what others do for
> labeling that does not cost a fortune, does not take 20 minutes to
> label one end of a cable, and won't destroy itself over time. Since I
> bought commercially made cables and snakes, there is no opportunity to
> affix a label on a cable end unless the label can be applied
> circumferentially to a cable near the connector. Using a heat-shrink
> gun and some shrink tubing won't cut it unless there is a secret I
> don't know about!
> Any ideas are welcome! Sometimes a couple of ideas might be merged to
> devise something new as a solution.
> I would have made my own cables and this problem would not exist.
> Trouble is, I now have arthritis that is quite painful and I have a
> "trigger finger" on each hand. This is rather debilitating but I
> figure I can fix my musical mistakes, more or less in post. (Wishful
> thinking? Probably.) I am now an old guy with white hair. This
> whole bit of nonsense is the fault of Robert Moog. After he gave a
> lecture at NIU back in 1973, I had the privilege of discussing the
> future of synthesizers with Dr. Moog for about an hour, post-lecture.
> Wow! We chatted uninterrupted for an hour! What a very generous and
> kind person he was. I was shocked to notice that none of the
> attendees of Dr. Moog's lecture had a clue of just *who was Robert
> Moog! * My chat with the good doctor was surprisingly one-on-one! The
> lecture hall was devoid of attendees except for myself, and the head
> of the physics department in a local college near Motorola (where I
> was supposed to be working that day!)
> Many thanks for any suggestions that might be offered. Appreciated!
> Tom Farrand - now retired in rural Indiana
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