I bought the cable tester after my studio partner purchased a new 20way XLR multicore from an eBay online store some years ago for use in the studio. He rarely used more than the first 10 inputs.
After I got involved I discovered that it not only had several channels phased reversed during manufacture but the insulation on the XLR conductors inside the backshells was stripped back up to 3/4 of an inch and had shorted out the phantom power in the console.
I removed all the XLR's and attempted to reterminated the wires only to discover the wire had oxidised (turned dull gray) and would not solder at all. Even stripping back the insulation a few inches still didn't reveal any non corroded conductors.
I also discover the contact sleeves of the female panel mount sockets at the stage box end had come loose and we're intermittent.
He admitted he bought this particular multicore because it was the cheapest he could find (about $200) and thought a Canare/Mogami/Neutrik multicore was too expensive.
Since then I have replaced the cable with a Gepco multicore and all the connectors with Neutriks. The metal panel mount stagebox housing is the only original part left.
Agreed. I can't believe that I spent the better part of 25 years without one. What the $##@#$%$% was I thinking!!!!!
The Behringer and the Swiss Army are some of the few with TT/ Bantam! I buy Behringer's in bulk because they are well built by Behringer! Now I want a 25 pin Dsub cable tester!
That thing has saved me so much time - I go out TT, into patch bay, out Elco on Back, in Elco interconnect on one end, out interconnect on the other end, in on a different Elco quadrant of the bay and back to front patch of different TT - then back to tester. I can test 6 connections in one shot - 18 wire connections, in a couple of seconds and then move on. If there's a problem, it takes a bit more to track down because of the 6 connections, but the amount of time saved is unbelievable.
I can test an entire TT bay, 2 24 pair Elco interconnects, and the rear elco's of the bay in about 10 minutes. Before it took hours.