This all started with a email I sent to Mark Stoddard, the owner of Lava Cable. I was curious if they would be interested in donating a kit/product for a EffectsBay.com give away.. and he agreed! But I would like to make this give away a small personal review post as well.
About two months ago, I purchased the Lava Cable Kit (mini ELC) from Musician’s Friend ($89.95) and I was really curious how it worked, since it’s a different design than traditional solderless cable kits. Someone in Twitter-land mentioned it’s a bit tricky to get the right angle cables, and noticed that with the first one. But after I got the idea (the bend) it was a piece of cake. What’s interesting about this design is the ‘sleeve’ they use which I believes grounds the shielding properly. I was impressed with the quality of the cable (low capacitance), jacks and how easy getting a working cable was. I’ve had them on my pedal board since I bought the kit, and no issues at all with shorting or cracking.. so that is a big thumbs up for me.
So here is the give away. Mark is putting up a Lava Solder Free Kit (all R/A plugs) 15′ Lave ELC cable. My kit was $90 with 10′ cable.. and this is a 15′ for FREE!
Here is the official description:
A pedalboard kit that allows you to space your pedals within 1 inch or less of each other due to Lava’s revolutionary right-angle plug.
The Lava Solder-Free Pedalboard Kit includes 15 feet of Mini ELC Cable, 10 Lava plugs, and a stripping tool.
Lava Cable DIY solder-free plugsâ€”developed with G&H Industriesâ€”is specifically designed with tight tolerances to match the Lava Mini ELC cable. The Lava Plug is the first solder-free DIY plug on the market not to use a set screw to make the ground connection. Instead, Lava Cable plugs employ a sleeve that makes a 360Â° ground and outer jacket contact.
The right angle plug was introduced at Summer NAMM 2009 and it may be the smallest DIY solder-free right angle plug on the marketâ€”with a body width of .435″, for spacing between pedals of less than 1″â€”or less than 1/2″ when staggered.
Okay, now to the give away. So how do you enter yourself to potentially winÂ Lava Solder Free Kit (all R/A plugs) 15′ Lave ELC cable give away?
Second, fill out the form below, in two weeksÂ (April 6th) Iâ€™ll randomly pick 3 entries as finalists. Iâ€™ll email the 3 finalists and the first one out of the 3 that emails me back will be the winner.You must enter a â€˜validâ€™ email address, bounce back emails will be rejected. One entry per person. After the winner has been notified and all is good (Iâ€™ve retrieved mailing address, etc), Iâ€™ll coordinate with Mark at Lava Cable to get the cable kit shipped to the winner.
Remember to also retweet this post and help spread the word! If we continue to have success with these give-aways, Iâ€™ll be able to offer more and moreâ€¦ and we all love free stuff right?
So the question…. “If you could design the look of a pedal, what color would it be?”