Metadyneman wrote:any chance of a link as to where I can buy them or a rough idea what an amenable price is bearing in mind Hattons were selling 36-554s at £12!!!?
Click the comment highlighted in blue for link. 'tis dearer than it was under the Bachmann brand with Hattons, but no more so than the 36-557 is now. Whilst like you I preferred paying £12, arguably it's worth £15 if the 36-557 doesn't fit the bill and one doesn't want to stretch to £25 for a Lenz 21 Silver or bodgie a Lenz basic 8 pin. Don't buy 'em all OK?
Re Lenz. I agree with you entirely Bigmet. At £18 from Hattons, Lenz's basic 8 pin has to be THE best value (vs cheapest) decoder in the market right now. Used Lenz in electric air for years and no-one came close to Lenz for reliability and consistent functionality per design specification. I really like the Lenz 21 pin silver, but at £25 ea, I confess to being sparing in their deployment back when I could source 36-554s for £11, particularly when DMUs require X2. Now the cheapies are £15 and so many MUs only require a single decoder I stretch the extra £10 so that they get a more frequent look in.
More HT room post painting fitout today, so still haven't had a chance to get time to have a play with the 36-557. But it sounds interesting if one heck of a learning curve to program it vs just setting a value in CV5. But 37 pages of manual? Oh well. Saving grace I suppose at least it isn't printed in Lillputian font like Hornby's Sapphire.