I have a (don't laugh) ROLLS 8ch line mixer which I use for my various synths - into my soundcard. For the price, it's well built and very quiet...plus one sends in/out. The problem is I like to make my own cables. But the 1/4" mono jacks on this unit are too close together for me to use my fav. Neutrik plugs (NP2C)......they crowd eachother , and will not fit. I have looked for more slender types, but the quality is not there - especially in the cable crimp dept. What I like about the Neutrik is the cable pinching/hold-down system they use...very secure. Canare and Switchcraft both use a metal crimp that looks ...well...slippery. Am I crazy in my opinion of this? or justified? Does anyone have a recomendation of a brand that will fit my needs? I need something about 1/8" slimmer , so they will fit next to each other. BTW, Neutrik is coming out with an "x" series this fall/winter which are slimmer, but I'm the impatient type, and am reinstalling things NOW. THX -RR- subquestion: ......... on their XLR jacks there is an extra soldering tab that seems to ground the metal shell. What is that for? : Pins 1,2,3,and that tab? Nothing regarding this on their site. Could this be for unbalancing the signal??