I used the same plastic racking cane for years until breaking it in half during a move. I wonder about the staining though, do you guys not clean your cane immediately after use? Mine remained clear until the end. Anyway, after breaking my cane I decided to try the autosiphon. And while I'm on my second autosiphon after breaking the first, I gotta say, I love it. It's easily my favorite brewing tool. You can take my refractometer and thermopen (ok, I don't have a thermopen), but don't take my autosiphon.