Tips On Soldering Tonearm Wire? Kenwood KD-990/KP-1100 - Now with nudes!

prime minister

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As it seems my local tech is down for a bit still, if I want to use my Kenwood again, I've got to install the tonearm myself. Kenwood has four little wires that look like they need to be soldered to something to connect it to the external tonearm cables. After the multiple moves over the last few years, I still haven't found my soldering iron and related supplies. Which means I have to buy all of that.

never having soldered anything like that, and keeping in mind the silly low voltage a cartridge puts out, does anyone have any recommendations for tools and Techniques to make this as painless as possible?
 

Wntrmute2

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As it seems my local tech is down for a bit still, if I want to use my Kenwood again, I've got to install the tonearm myself. Kenwood has four little wires that look like they need to be soldered to something to connect it to the external tonearm cables. After the multiple moves over the last few years, I still haven't found my soldering iron and related supplies. Which means I have to buy all of that.

never having soldered anything like that, and keeping in mind the silly low voltage a cartridge puts out, does anyone have any recommendations for tools and Techniques to make this as painless as possible?
Send it to @Redboy.
 

Wntrmute2

Not So Mediocre Member
Sorry PM, I meant that as a joke. I'm a pretty decent with a soldering iron but those tonearm wires strike fear in my heart.
 

kirk57

Junior Member
#1 tip is to apply flux to and tin the wires before trying to attach them to anything. If you need to remove the insulation, melt it off with soldering tip (forget trying to strip it)
 

JP

Junior Member
A picture of what you're soldering to would help, as well as the wire. If it's just soldering to pads generally just pool some solder on the pads, tin the wires, and then stick the wire in the pool while heating the pool. Getting the right size strippers make things a lot easier. Generally the only insulation that burns off relatively cleanly is enamel. Contaminated surfaces just makes things a lot more frustrating.
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I remember the days I could trust myself to do fine detail work like this. But my soldering iron is ancient (from my teens), and my eyesight and hands not what they were 40 years ago. I could probably handle something like this, though. My only fear would be heating the wire too much and melting off too much insulation.
 
As it seems my local tech is down for a bit still, if I want to use my Kenwood again, I've got to install the tonearm myself. Kenwood has four little wires that look like they need to be soldered to something to connect it to the external tonearm cables. After the multiple moves over the last few years, I still haven't found my soldering iron and related supplies. Which means I have to buy all of that.

never having soldered anything like that, and keeping in mind the silly low voltage a cartridge puts out, does anyone have any recommendations for tools and Techniques to make this as painless as possible?
Get one like this ,it helps me a lot (71+ of age, shaky hands and impaired vision)!

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I'll have to track down one of those in a month or two when I start working on restoring an old item here.
 
Is there a circuit board or a turret of some sort on the tt under/below the tonearm???





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