I've lost tone. I have a Lava cable Ultramafic patch kit. Solderless. Sounds great...... Not as reliable as I'd wish. If you don't touch it, it's fine. If you do...... it's hit and miss and prone to cutting out in my experience. If it works for you great, as far as I'm concerned it's bye bye. I ordered some Van Danme cable and switchcraft pancake plugs, and assembled them (soldered comnections) yesterday. Tugged hard on them. Tested fine, all assembled and working 1st time. Patched my pedal board, played it tonight.... wow..... flat. Lost loads of high end, low end, just lost lots of tone. My lava kit (when working) was transparent. I'm only after soldered solution really. I'm hoping I can simply replace the cable as the switchcraft plugs I bought and used (or other plugs for that matter) quickly add up - and I've already spent that. So what do you use? What would you recommend?