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Mogami Platinum About the cable: $145 for 20'' cable at select Guitar Centers The first thing that Phil Tennison of Marshall Electronics (distributor of Mogami) mentioned is that the

Mogami Platinum
About the cable:$145 for 20'' cable at select Guitar Centers

The first thing that Phil Tennison of Marshall Electronics (distributor of Mogami) mentioned is that the cable does not contain any Platinum. It just signifies that it is a step up in quality (and price) from their "Gold Series".

The step up in quality and sound has a lot to do with a step down in Capacitance of the cable.

The new cable features Mogami’s fine-stranded 20 ga center conductor now surrounded by a fairly thick foamed, high dielectric poly insulator, which is in turn surrounded by a double spiral wrap of fine copper shielding and a lead-free poly jacket.

Mogami believes in trying to optimize the overall sound intended by the pickup designer without revealing frequency anomalies often found in some other high end cables.

In Phil’s words: "I would definitely clarify that I don’t think revealing is the right concept, but that the designers are expecting a specific range of electrical load on the pickup. If it is too far off the mark, the frequency response will be messed up."

The Platinum is terminated by Neutrik connectors, with the instrument end utilizing their cleverly designed "Silent Plug," which silences the signal automatically when the plug is removed and reinstates it immediately and automatically when it is plugged into the instrument
Bob says: This cable sounds good enough to eat. With its ample tight bottom, muscular mids, and sweet voluptuous highs… well, you get the picture. It has great dynamics and punch as well. It is somewhat thick and heavy, possibly due to the extra layer of spiral wrap shielding, but is flexible and handles well.
Dan says: Great detail, with a high-mid emphasis and excellent transients. Really a clear-sounding cable that should be nice for slappers. It’s a bit heavier and thicker than some, but still flexible and relaxed. The Neutrik silent plug is a nice touch, letting you change axes without any buzzing. The built-in strain relief in these plugs makes for a sturdy cable.
Alleva~Coppolo Artist Cable
About the cable:Sold directly through Alleva~Coppolo. Call for pricing.

Jimmy Coppolo is a renowned guitar and bass maker located in New York (though he''s relocating to California soon). He designed his cable to optimize the sound of his instruments when played through high quality amplification. He has been working for several years with a cable designer/manufacturer in the U.S. to get it just right and prefers to keep the details of design in house.
Bob says: The Alleva~Coppolo exhibited excellent tonal balance with a slightly hyped, but sweet high end. There was excellent detail. Both natural and artificial harmonics came through nicely and there was good sustain.
Dan says: Excellent definition, both in the transients and the high end. Good bottom, too. This should make an excellent bass cable for muddy rooms. It made my Jazz bass bark. The cable design is a bit thinner than some, yet somewhat stiffer than expected – probably because of the 95 percent shield. The single heat shrink under the G&H plugs could be a bit longer, but it does the job.
About the cables:The slim profile of the La Grange guitar cable and the even slimmer T.M. Stevens "Funkmaster" Signature cable belie the underlying sophistication of the cable design. There are six layers to these cables: an inner core of stranded copper is surrounded by insulation. This inner insulation layer is surrounded by the key ingredient in the design, which is a white conductive plastic layer that is not terminated at either end. That conductive plastic is in turn surrounded by another layer of insulation which separates it from the spiral copper shield; it is all held together by a rubber jacket.

Kendrick Amplifiers provided two cables, both manufactured by Klotz in Germany, a very large cable company making a wide variety of cables for the European pro audio market. Kendrick is the US distributor and vendor.

Gerald Weber, master of vintage sound and head of Kendrick Amps sums up the theory behind the cable design:

"The German engineers at Klotz have rethought guitar cable design. Instead of using the standard ‘center conductor/insulation/shielding’ scenario, which is used by virtually all other cable manufacturers, Klotz adds a conductive plastic material in between the center conductor and the copper shielding. Of course, this conductive plastic is insulated on both sides from the conductors (center conductor and the shielding). The conductive plastic is not connected to anything electrically, so it is not a path to ground. The electrons on the copper shielding cannot "see" the center conductor through the conductive plastic shielding and the electrons on the center conductor cannot "see" the copper shielding through the conductive plastic shielding, so the electrons are forced to go all the way to the amplifier''s input rather than "jumping ship" across the cable. How does this affect tone? The signal getting to the amp is the same signal that came from the guitar, resulting in noticeably longer sustain, more focus, and better clarity. The clarity is particularly noticeable when playing close voicings, such as a major 7th or a minor 9th. But most of all, it lacks the filtered sound found in other cables."

The LaGrange is terminated by premium Neutrik plugs and the "Funkmaster" by custom spun anodized gold aluminum connectors that would look just right with that silver lame jump suit you’ve been just dying to wear, but didn’t have the proper accessories.

LaGrange ($89.99 for 20'')

Bob says: The LaGrange was loud and punchy, with a full range guitar spectrum that was well balanced. The mids were well-detailed and highs very present without being strident. Good picking attack transients combined with excellent sustain. Definitely a cable I could listen to for hours.
Dan says: The LaGrange has a big bottom and clear top, nicely detailed with super transient response. The traditional diameter cable is a bit stiff and coily, but not really a problem. The built-in strain relief of the Neutrik plugs should help this cable last a long time.
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