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Where do you get Providence "The Patch" cables?

 
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Aeolian
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:27 pm    Post subject: Where do you get Providence "The Patch" cables? Reply with quote

Based on Daved's comments on the Monster cable thread, I went looking for these Providence cabes. Music Toyz doesn't sell The Patch, but does sell the Shark so I ordered a 15 footer. Slightly more open than my 20' Planet Waves, and somehow slightly more dynamic. But the bottom end doesn't seem to be as full. Also it's kind of stiff and feels like it would kink really easily if you aren't careful with it.

I can't find the Providence "The Patch" cables anywhere. Does anyone know how to get these? They are supposed to have a more balanced tonality according to the web site, and appear to be what Robben is actually using. Based on my impression of the Shark, the Patch might fit my ears really well (or at least sound good to me Smile ) I'd also like to find some of the short patch cables for when I use more pedals.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Where do you get Providence "The Patch" cables Reply with quote

Aeolian wrote:
Based on Daved's comments on the Monster cable thread, I went looking for these Providence cabes. Music Toyz doesn't sell The Patch, but does sell the Shark so I ordered a 15 footer. Slightly more open than my 20' Planet Waves, and somehow slightly more dynamic. But the bottom end doesn't seem to be as full. Also it's kind of stiff and feels like it would kink really easily if you aren't careful with it.

I can't find the Providence "The Patch" cables anywhere. Does anyone know how to get these? They are supposed to have a more balanced tonality according to the web site, and appear to be what Robben is actually using. Based on my impression of the Shark, the Patch might fit my ears really well (or at least sound good to me Smile ) I'd also like to find some of the short patch cables for when I use more pedals.


Steve, The Patch cables were never intended to be used the way Robben uses his. They were meant to be used for patching things together, as the name implies, and are usually only available in short lengths. Robben asked for a long one so they made one up just for him. I can tell you though that the Patch cables tend to be very expensive.
I assume you have looked at the Pacifix website. If you want to write to them, address your message to my friend Yuki Hayashi and tell him you're a friend of mine and are interested in a long Patch cable. He is in China right now, so if you write this week, you'll probably get a reply from Emi, who coincidentally enough, just happens to be my wife! I'll be seeing Yuki at Robben's show this Saturday, so I'll ask him about this for you then.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bill,

Folks here really help each other out.

I want to get some of the little ones for my pedals like they recommend (with the short plugs on them) but the idea of a 15-20' one to the amp seems like a great idea. They may have a winner on their hands without knowing it. I wonder how Robben figured this out from samples of short cables? It's just that when they say that the Shark is for high end response, it seems like they aren't kidding. But their other cables are geared toward bass or a softer sound. I want it all! Smile Looks like they use the same wire and same inner dielectric, just a different jacket and maybe different geometry. Shouldn't be that much different in cost than a Shark.

Do they make stereo cables as well? With Camac connectors? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "59er", the "Low Freq'r", the "Shark", etc.... They each have different sonic and physical properties. Robben thought they were all very good sounding cables for the uses they are each designed for (and I feel they are all well built... I especially like their angle plugs and the optional short plugs that they have available).

We liked the "Patch" as jumpers between the pedals so I asked for a special 20 footer to run from the pedals to the amp to trade off with a Planetwave depending on rig use and venue sound.

He continues to use a Planetwave as the primary cable coming directly out of his guitar since he has always liked them and has never felt a need to change.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aeolian wrote:
Thanks Bill,

Folks here really help each other out.

I want to get some of the little ones for my pedals like they recommend (with the short plugs on them) but the idea of a 15-20' one to the amp seems like a great idea. They may have a winner on their hands without knowing it. I wonder how Robben figured this out from samples of short cables? It's just that when they say that the Shark is for high end response, it seems like they aren't kidding. But their other cables are geared toward bass or a softer sound. I want it all! Smile Looks like they use the same wire and same inner dielectric, just a different jacket and maybe different geometry. Shouldn't be that much different in cost than a Shark.

Do they make stereo cables as well? With Camac connectors? Wink


No problem Steve. Happy to help when I can. I believe that Robben has Daved to thank for the idea of using a long Patch cable. Even the Pacifix guys hadn't thought of that. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of this stuff, Daved is Da Man!
The cables all use different wire that is made for them by somebody (no idea who). My personal favorite among the Providence series is the 59'er as it is a warmer sounding cable and a really soft, flexible wire. But most people I have had try the cables seem to like the more extended top end of the Shark. Maybe your taste is more like mine, in which case, you might like the 59'er better.
They do have a new series of cables out now called Heartbreaker that I really like. Very musical sounding to me. They use a Belden wire (sorry, can't remember the number right now), which I believe may be the same as the wire in the Pete Cornish cables. It's a stiffer wire though, and not so flexible, but the sound is really good. FWIW, the Patch is quite flexible too.
They do have a series of "studio" cables, but I'm afraid I don't have any experience with those. By the way, Garth Webber, who was kind enough to record the Stampede demos on the Pacifix website, has a bunch of Patch cables in his studio.

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