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Old 07-18-2015, 06:29 PM   #11
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Re: soldering Music Wire

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I was just going to say DO NOT USE A TORCH, you can take the temper out of the music wire. I use a 200 watt soldering iron. I wrap the joint with Monel aircraft locking wire .032" and use 60/40 resin core solder. The last one I did I used nocropress sleeves used for joining aircraft cables. Like the man said the wire has to be bright shiny clean and oil free. Sand off that black coating on the Chinese wire.

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Old 07-18-2015, 08:28 PM   #12
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Re: soldering Music Wire

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I was just going to say DO NOT USE A TORCH
I've done it 100s of times without failure, I quench it and the wire has never gotten brittle. I don't get the metal red hot just enough to get the solder flowing. I don't keep the flame on the wire I move back and forth. I do have a 200watt soldering iron but it's pretty hard to find one at any store, mine is 30 years old.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:49 AM   #13
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Re: soldering Music Wire

Its not so much the wattage its the size of the tip. To small and it sucks all the heat out making for a weak solder joint. Also you should never use the soldering iron that you use for your electronic work as the mechanical soldering uses acid core flux which contaminates the electronic soldering irons. Canadian tire sells a very reasonable priced soldering iron that will work for mechanical joints. This 80 watt is plenty big enough to solder 3 pieces of 3/16 wire wrapped with steel mechanics wire

Even high wattage soldering guns don't work as well because the tips are small and loose the heat rapidly when trying to mechanical solder.

For really heavy jobs I have made my own tips that fit on the end of a propane torch that allow me to solder sheet metal.
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