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 Post subject: Looking for tiny cloth cover
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 9:46 pm 
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Rebuilding a speaker and the two tiny wires sleeves going to the coil are decayed
I don’t want to use cheap plastic shrink tubing
Are small cloth sleeving available to make it look original
Thank you. Salem1967


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for tiny cloth cover
PostPosted: Aug Sun 29, 2021 10:09 pm 
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(Waxed) cotton round shoe / boot lace. Polyester will melt with a soldering iron.
2mm = just over 1/16 inch.

Darning needle set: Walmart # 551890472


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for tiny cloth cover
PostPosted: Sep Sun 05, 2021 11:22 pm 
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Another option is to wrap it with black fabric tape. I use 1" wide black hockey tape for a lot of these things. The adhesive is super strong, and the end of the wrap is nearly invisible. It takes a magnifying glass to see it. So, it looks just like tight fitting braided tubing to the naked eye. If you're really picky, you can arrange it so that the end of the tape is on the backside of the terminal, hidden from view.

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Here are some terminations using hockey tape on my fake antique breadboard receiver.
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 Post subject: Re: Looking for tiny cloth cover
PostPosted: Sep Sun 05, 2021 11:32 pm 
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Are those the little pigtails that go to the voice coil? Do they even need to be covered? I don't think I've ever seen a speaker where those wires were subject to being shorted together or to anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for tiny cloth cover
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 1:25 am 
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Greetings to Salem1955 and the Forum:

I agree with hwhall. If you are talking about the wires that go from the speaker frame to the voice coil, they should NOT be covered. They are designed to flex over their length with the movement of the voice coil. Placing any sort of sleeving over them will concentrate the bending stress at the ends and they will soon fail.

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