Rick-o-sound substitute

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Rick-o-sound substitute

Postby (Tele295) » Fri May 22, 2020 10:21 pm

Original ROS boxes are scarce, and Rich-e-split seems to be out of business.

Has anyone tried the RattleSnake Cables splitter? It’s on sale this weekend for $25.

The Y cable causes too many problems if you aren’t sitting still.

Now if one of you geniuses created a wireless ROS box, so you don’t need the stereo cable, you’d really have something. :mrgreen:
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Re: Rick-o-sound substitute

Postby (teb) » Fri May 22, 2020 11:31 pm

My Y-cord has about 20' of stereo wire, then the Y with two mono legs, each about 8' long. It hasn't caused any problems. I had it custom built for about $35 with really good quality parts, right after I took the cover off of my official R.O.S box and looked at what was inside of it.
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Re: Rick-o-sound substitute

Postby (Ratwax) » Sat May 23, 2020 4:57 am

I played around and built my own, it's not too hard even with my modest soldering skills. You can probably find schematics online. I built mine to take a stereo jack cable instead of the soldered-in cable, that way if that end went dead I could replace it. The split box takes the hot connections from the stereo jack and send them to two separate mono jacks with the grounds connected to the aluminium project box. I got one around the size of a stomp pedal. All in all a bit of time and $40 worth of parts (with the 10 foot stereo cable). I thought I'd get fancy and add a couple of ground lift switches in case it got noisy on either channel, but never got around to it. I don't use it enough to justify getting too clever with it. Come to think of it I should dust it off and give it another go.
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Re: Rick-o-sound substitute

Postby (blueflamerick) » Sat May 23, 2020 8:32 am

Bayou Audio Cables used to make one, not sure if Butch still does.

They are pretty easy to make with basic soldering skills.
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