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8-pin Mini DIN connector - best way to open?

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TRIPLE A

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Hi all, newbie here, nice to meet you.
I'm building a custom Mini DIN cable to connect a couple of vintage synth components. I have all the parts I need together with the pinout, but I'm struggling to open up the connector housing for the plug that will be at one end of the finished cable (in order to get to the parts I need to solder).
Pic attached - I believe I need to squeeze together the two 'bumps' in order to loosen the housing around the metal connector - but I lack the right tool for the job. My long nose pliers have already started eroding the plastic and soon there will be nothing left for a tool to grip.
Can anyone point me toward a better tool for this job? Longer/thinner nose pliers, or something else perhaps?
Thanks a lot
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JimB

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Try this:

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rjenkinsgb

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Don't lift, bend or pry anything - just pull the outer sleeve from the inner plastic and metal shells.

It may be stiff, but the inner parts all just split open around those tabs etc. once the outer is removed.
(Once fully assembled, the outer sleeve should completely cover the inner plastic part).
 
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