First off, I tried a few patch bays. The main problem with the other patch bays (1/4" versions) was that I never knew which cable was bad - and there are 96 cables in the back alone, that's really bad.
In addition, I tried out a couple units that had the "flip for normal vs. not normal" - also a pain to incorporate.
The Switchcraft has these advantages: (1) It's extremely easy to change from normal to half-normal to not normal connection. This might seem trivial, but it really makes a huge difference.
(2) When you use this with some D'Addario modular snakes, and the combination is absolutely awesome. The D'Addario snakes with the breakout cables give you lots of great wiring options. Clean wiring in the back, and rugged solid DEPENDABLE connections.
In all, one of the best purchases I've made.