I LOVE my racking cane. It doesn't take the place of an auto siphon, but it's rigid and stays right where I put it. I don't have an auto siphon- I just fill my racking can with water along with the tubing and put it in the fermentor, clipping it in with the red plastic clip. I drain the tubing into a small bowl on the floor until the beer starts to run, then pinch it closed and put it in the carboy on the bottom and let 'er rip. When I siphon from a carboy, I use a carboy cap and put the racking cane in the middle hole. I put the end of the tubing in the bottom of the new container. Then I blow into the other opening- boom, instant siphon. It takes some practice, though, so maybe an auto siphon would be easier to start with.