Fitting Grounded Cords

From detritu–(at)– Fri Jan 31 10:33:27 CST 1997
From: detritu–(at)– Valve)
Newsgroups: alt.guitar.amps
Subject: Re: ’63 Princeton Questions
Date: 31 Jan 1997 07:52:17 GMT
X-NETCOM-Date: Fri Jan 31 1:52:17 AM CST 1997

In BRodric–(at)– (William R
Rodrick) writes:
>Anwari (anwar–(at)– wrote:
>: That’s not really true about a ’63 Princeton. Adding a 3 wire cord
>: :does: involve drilling out the hole, as the strain relief is not
>: enough to handle a 3 wire cord. It will cause permanent damage to
>: amp. While I’m a firm believer in safety, you must weigh the cost
>: the benefits. I’d probably go with the 3 wire cord.
>I’ve heard this said before and have never understood it – simply buy
>new strain relief, the largest size that fits in said hole, clip off
>”teeth” which normally crimp the cord, and, using a round file as
>in diameter to the 3-wire cord of your choice as possible, remove some
>(a great deal of) plastic from the inside of the strain relief,
shaping it
>until it crimps the cord but does allow the thing to be inserted with
>specialized tool made for this purpose (available from Mouser, among
>places). I’ve done this on two ’66 Princetons. No damage necessary.
>Bill R.

Lord Valve Speaketh:

If you want to cruise the surplus catalogs or the surplus stores, you
can find a 3-wire linecord that will fit into the existing strain
relief on many of the smaller amps. I found some a while back, and I
bought all the joint had (55 pieces). They were ‘power cords,’ the
kind that you see on most everything, including your puter…I just
snip the female part off and shove ’em in. BTW, that Heyco
strain-relief insertion/removal plier is the TITS. One of my favorite
tools, but they cost almost SIXTY BUCKS!!! A real time-saver, though.

Lord Valve
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