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Earlier this week I wrote about the importance of analog equipment. While analog gear can quickly become very expensive, there’s one way to upgrade your analog signal chain without breaking the bank – better cables.

But after you buy those cables, are you taking care of them?

Specifically, are you wrapping them like you would a 100-foot extension cord you use in the garage? (You know what I’m talking about, wrapping it over your hand, under your elbow, repeat.)

If you are, you could be seriously shooting yourself in the foot. When you don’t properly roll your cable, you’re twisting and potentially damaging that cable. You’re also ensuring that the cable will tangle next time you uncoil it.

Wrapping cable using the over/under method keeps you from wrapping the cable in one direction every time, which keeps the cable from twisting.

My buddy Randy Coppinger (@randycoppinger on Twitter), shot a quick video showing how to do this. Watch it a couple times. Practice on your own cables.

Nothing says, “Hey! I don’t know what I’m doing!” like someone who doesn’t know how to wrap cable. You’ll quickly make friends with your audio buddies if you can properly wrap their cables. 🙂

Check out Randy’s video here, then leave a comment and tell us if you agree that it’s important to know how to properly wrap your cable.