I was going to make some short George L's patch cables for linking my effects, but it seems like wasted money and cable when you can use something like the Switchcraft 363 1/4" male to 1/4" male coupler: http://www.switchcraft.com/products/jack-142.html (item #8) This seems like the shortest route for passing signal, it's shielded, and it's Switchcraft. I don't need an ultra compact setup, so 90-degree plugs aren't an issue. Plus, I only have 5 or 6 pedals of similar size, so I can put them all in one row. I want reliability and minimal signal degradation. Is there some downside here I'm not seeing?