Jun 272017

Frederik has just released the new Duelund DCA26GA solid-core tinned-copper cable, that utilizes the same oil-soaked & baked cotton style of dielectric as the DCA12GA, DCA16GA, and DCA20GA, and it is my understanding that it should be available from hificollective within a few days.

Update: In stock now here.

A coil of the new Duelund DCA26GA tinned-copper solid-core wire is here!

The Duelund DCA26GA just arrived here at Jeff’s Place, and in the photo above you can see three short sections of Duelund DCA wire, with the DCA16GA on top, DCA20GA in the middle, and DCA26GA on the bottom, in the middle of the DCA26GA coil.

Closeup, left to right: DCA16GA, DCA20GA, and DCA26GA.

Upon opening the bag with the coil of the solid-core DCA26GA tinned-copper wire, I was greeted with that familiar and pleasant aroma of the Duelund oil-soaked and baked cotton dielectric, which is as pleasant an aroma to yours truly as freshly ground coffee!

I’m really looking forward to building a set of headshell leads out of the Duelund solid-core DCA26GA tinned-copper wire, which could be an even better choice than the vintage WE24GA for headshell leads, as the WE24GA is kind of bulky for headshell wires, and the 22GA Art Of Tone headshell leads I made were even more unwieldy, making it hard to accommodate them in the space available between the cartridge and headshell connections. The DCA26GA should make for an easier fit.

Duelund solid-core DCA26GA tinned-copper wire.

Life has been a lot busier than normal lately, so I’m falling a bit behind on everything, but I’m hoping to be able to build up some DCA26GA headshell leads this weekend, so stay tuned for more news soon!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 7:18 pm

  11 Responses to “Today’s Fresh Catch: Duelund DCA26GA Solid-Core Tinned-Copper Tone Wire!”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    I have just ordered some (and two sets of cardas gold clips) and will compare it to the head shell leads I made with a single strain of Duelund wrapped up in buttonhole silk (that was a lot of work!).


    • That should be a fascinating comparison, Joseph, keep me posted on the results!

      Kind regards,


      • Hi Jeff,

        I can update you on my little project.

        After a LOT of messing around and breaking the leads several times i have come to the conclusion that the dca26a sounds “bigger” but otherwise very similar, it is also a lot stronger and more suited to the job ( compared to the single strand of dca 16g, painstakenly wraped in buttonhole silk!).

        I also found the cardas clips to not as secure as id like (the conection is great but they break/bend easily), so my next plan is to find some more sturdy clips.

        I have found an sme 3012 that needs some work so am thinking about possible wires to use when rewiring, i expect the dca26g wont be suitable, i came accross some 30ga tinned copper on ebay so may have a go with that.

        All the best,


        • Hi Joseph,

          Thanks for your update, appreciated!

          If you find a cartridge clip you really like, be sure to let me know so I can give them a try too.

          Kind regards,


  2. Hi Jeff, i have been using these clips for a few days now (http://www.theanalogdept.com/as_clips.htm) and they make good contact, are easier to solder, shorter in length and feel more sturdy (in conjunction with a small bit of heatshrink over the joint).


    • Thank you for letting me know, Joseph, appreciated! I just ordered the last set available and am looking forward to giving them a try. Just curious, what size of shrink fit tubing are you using for them?

      Kind regards,


      • I have some left that came with the cardas clips, i guess its around 3-5mm, i think its adding a bit more security to the solder joint than the microphone tape.

        Hope its a success for you.

        All the best!


  3. Jeff,

    In light of questions/conversations on your site about using Duelund wire to fabricate power cables, I thought everyone would find this interesting…



  4. Jeff,

    What makes this safe, the polyethelene sleeving? I remember Frederic’s warning about using his wire for power cables.

    • Hi Ian,

      I honestly don’t know. I’d still be leery of using the DCA in a power cord, given what Frederik has pointed out about safety considerations.



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