Let us know how you get on with making your cables.
I was thinking of making some component and digital coax cables using the Canare connectors and some of Canford's decent 75 Ohm cable (ref. 36-526 I think), but was worried that the quality might be compromised by poor crimping.
Canford have quoted me for making-up four 1m lengths, with colour coded heat shrink sleeves for component video and digital audio, but at around £80 including VAT and delivery, this is significantly more than the just the parts. Also, I could buy ready made Ixos or QED cables at this price, although I'm not sure how they would compare in terms of quality.
I really want to make my own, but wouldn't mind a bit of feedback on whether you get a good positive connection with a standard crimping tool (the kind that you can buy in Halfords for doing car electrics ?).
The only possible problem is that companies like to have a crimp tool that's just right for their own cables. You might find that the tool might not have all of the sizes that you require, so you need to check out the dimensions quite carefully.
Last year I bought a crimp tool set from Maplin (EM07H.. I think it's discontinued now) which had interchangeable dies to cover a variety of cables and connectors.
I did the cable over the weekend! Didn't bother with any soldering for the centre pin, so making them up took no time
Downside was that the local Maplin were out of stock on the ZF41U front and B&Q didn't have any crimping tool
Never mind, I did a basic crimping in the meantime, it'll do for now! Compared to my Chord Codac, I did notice some improvement, however I can't put words into it yet...
If anything, the plugs are great, the cable's great, and the overall is cheap... go for it!
Slightly off topic .....My Canare connectors will have to wait a little..... I've just blown some cash on some crimpable WBT (audiophile ??) phono connectors at the Heathrow Hifi show. I'm hoping to be able to use my regular crimp tool without buying the WBT crimp pliers. I also bought some WBT bootlace ferules which you crimp onto the cable ends. You then screw these into the plug. These WBT connectors look very much like some (very much cheaper) connectors which I bought from CPC. The only difference is that the CPC ones do not have a screw connection for the ground conductor or braid.