I recently joined the "I hate plastic" club after way too many contaminated batches. I switched to glass carboys last year and will never look back again.
And I've gone the opposite way. No offense, Dave, but I look at it as a technique problem, not an equipment problem.
Well, if he switched to glass and the issue went away, then I'd say he made the right choice. I don't like plastic either, not just in brewing, but with almost anything, like water bottles. I use them for tuperware, but I wish there was another option...there's glass, I suppose. A bit pricey though.
I've fermented in carboys for years, dig them. Just need to be careful handling them, but that's not difficult. I tried fermenting in kegs for a few batches, that was kinda cool, but I felt like the beer tasted a little different. Maybe because of the geometry of the fermenter and being under slightly more hydrostatic pressure? Also, they were more of a pain to clean out. But I guess I just do an over night soak with PBW for my carboys, so that's easy. Guess I could've done that when I fermented in kegs, too...
Joe, do you cold crash in your better bottles? That may be the one thing that holds me back from going to them; the negative pressure and the flexing when you move them around.