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 #107492  by Tennessee Jedi
 Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:51 am
playingdead wrote:they include a braided sleeve to keep the two cables together as one. You want that sleeve or you will have horrific tangles and eventually problems.
This is something I have learned the hard way. Getting the braided sleeve this time ....
Yeah man I'm just too busy too do this shit myself and there are just too many guys that can make me the cable's quick quick that could use a buck - a win win ...
Thanks to all who have offered help
- Tom
 #107509  by playingdead
 Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:39 pm
erock wrote:I honestly got to say, I recently built myself a junction box, and it is 100 times easier that a Y cable.
It's all personal preference ... to me, less is more, the junction box is one more thing to carry plus two extra patch cables to worry about, as well as extra space for the box in the rack drawer or on the pedal board.

For my Fractal setup, going direct, it's just plugging in the three cable ends and I'm done. For my old rack rig, it was something like 30 patch cables, any one of which could have caused a problem for me at a gig.

I do keep a spare Lava cable on hand, though. YMMV
 #111648  by FBlades95
 Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:50 am
THE CHEAPEST WAY (of my little understanding) IS:

Standard guitar cable, preferably right-angled. ($20 for 20 ft.) ... 1128386.gc

TRS to TRS stereo cable, also preferably right-angled. (around $30 for 20') ... -trs-1.htm

Then, wrap it all up into a nice, single snake with techflex! You'll probably need the 1/2" one. (around $15 for 25')

20+30+15=$65, where as AO is charging $85 for 15'. This can be cut down to a whopping $45 if you already have a standard guitar cable, which I assume you do.

This is a far cheaper, more self sufficient way to do it than buying it all new from AO or HT. As for the junction box, here's the schematics for it, parts are super cheap and readily available at a local Radio Shack.
Happy jamming!