The Elf wrote:They were labelled CP48
Sounds like the previous generation of the Isopatch. I believe the current version was redesigned specifically to improve socket reliability ...
IIRC and had solder tag 'targets' for normalising (a hassle to do - and a bigger hassle to change).
I get that a soldering iron isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's no hassle at all for me and I much prefer the solder links to yet more switch contacts in the signal path. Changing the normalling -- should it be needed -- is a few moments with a solder-sucker or wick and really not hard at all.
If I wanted to change just one normalisation option the whole bay had to be de-cabled and pulled out to get to the soldering - never again!
I just have to undo the four rack bolts and ease the patch panel forward a couple of inches. The solder pads are on the top at the front, and I made sure there's enough slack in the cabling to allow it to be eased out sufficiently to access them. No unplugging necessary in the unlikely event that I'll need to change any normalling.
But each to their own... It's good that we have options!