We have made a decision to no longer carry cloth covered wire. There are several reasons for this.
First, the wire is getting very difficult to obtain. Most of our historic suppliers have stopped carrying the size needed for self winding clocks. While other sizes are available, we’re here for the purpose of providing wire for self winding clock applications–not vintage radio or appliance repair.
Second, it’s rather unfortunate but the costs associated with cutting, bagging, labeling, and shipping a 1ft or 2ft length of wire for $3.00 or $6.00 is simply prohibitive. If it is part of another order, that helps. But, much too often people have ordered a 1 or 2 ft length of wire by itself. We cannot sustain that. We have fought for years to avoid minimum order amounts, but that too may be coming soon. Costs continue to rise!
We’ve also had folks order wire, then ask for the terminations to be added after the order is placed. This is not a free service, is time consuming (even to invoice after the fact), and distracts from other more salient work here, like the backlog. It’s just not worth it, sadly.
While it is possible that a supplier may emerge at some point, that would be helpful since we still need the wire for doing SWCC restorations. We have a small safety stock here for SWCC restorations, but we don’t know what is going to happen once that stock is depleted. But I am sure we will figure out something for that eventuality!
Along with this, our PK-1 Pigtail Kit is no longer available since it depends on the availability of the cloth covered wire.
There are other folks that can be found with an internet search who supply cloth covered wire for radio and vintage appliance repair. You might take a look and see what’s out there.