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My son and I saw that auction as well. He told me I should get my brand new one out of the closet and sell it. I am currently using a used 990 in excellent condition, that I bought last July and paid $260.00 for.  I also have a brand new 1.6  set I bought last January of 2021, for $364.84 + shipping. For a total $410.17, glad I bought a lot of my stuff before the prices got ridiculous.

Makes me appreciate conventional operation.

Steve

Only if you waited until 15 years after it was introduced to buy one.

Back on day one, or more precisely not long afterward, I got my 990 set for free.

That's right.  Free.

Buy a JLC Big Boy, get a free 990 Command Set, to celebrate the launch of Legacy, and encourage people to get both.

I still have them, and they still work just fine (knock on wood of course).

Taking advantage of that special offer made me appreciate Legacy command control, rather than conventional operation, after being focused almost solely on conventional for 45 years before that.

Mike

Only if you waited until 15 years after it was introduced to buy one.

Back on day one, or more precisely not long afterward, I got my 990 set for free.

That's right.  Free.

Buy a JLC Big Boy, get a free 990 Command Set, to celebrate the launch of Legacy, and encourage people to get both.

I still have them, and they still work just fine (knock on wood of course).

Taking advantage of that special offer made me appreciate Legacy command control, rather than conventional operation, after being focused almost solely on conventional for 45 years before that.

Mike

I still, occasionally, use my CAB1/CAB2 setup. Over the years I’ve bought components for this generation so that I have backup pieces should something fail. When the Legacy system came out, it was over kill for the size layout I run.

Steve

In the last couple of days, 990 command sets have sold for $960 (used) and $1,375 (new).

I'm wondering, why are some folks so bent on getting the old command base now that they're willing to pay these insane prices? After all, it's the remote that's being discontinued forever. On the other hand, a more capable command base (the Base3) will be coming out. Why not pick up just the Cab2 (the expansion set) now and then wait for the Base3?

@Keith L posted:

In the last couple of days, 990 command sets have sold for $960 (used) and $1,375 (new).

I'm wondering, why are some folks so bent on getting the old command base now that they're willing to pay these insane prices? After all, it's the remote that's being discontinued forever.

If you want a"remote" that will actually access full Legacy features, the Cab 2 is your only option.

On the other hand, a more capable command base (the Base3) will be coming out.

The base 3 does not come with a remote. You can buy a cab1L remote. It will not access the legacy features and it will cost you $600 for the two, just to get basic command features.

For the operator who prefers a handheld over a device touchscreen, the cab 3 is only as capable as the remote being used

Why not pick up just the Cab2 (the expansion set) now and then wait for the Base3?

Expansion set prices have also been skyrocketing almost as bad.

You'll be spending over $1000 just to get a 993 expansion set and the base 3

While the prices are indeed insane, for the person who spends over $2000 for one locomotive to pull one train. A handheld that can run several of those trains and access all of the bells and whistles for $1000, doesn't seem like a horrible idea.

As I've stated before. The Legacy Cab2 is the ONLY remote in any model train scale where the operator can use the "meat and potatoes" of train functions without ever looking at it because of the tactile feel of the buttons.

For those folks who prefer touch screen operation, the base 3 will be great. I'm already on my phone too much, and I prefer to look at my trains when I run them.

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Why do people continue to buy the old TMCC BASE1/CAB1 when they're available.  Some are resistant to change.  As for me, I'm not jumping right into the BASE3.  If I do buy it in the future, it'll be when the bugs are worked out and there's a significant reason to prefer it over the Legacy command system.

In my situation, I’m not resistant to change, the Legacy system is over kill for how I operate.

Steve

In my situation, I’m not resistant to change, the Legacy system is over kill for how I operate.

Steve

Its doesn't hurt to leave some "change" in your wallet either.

Lionels marketing is all about the "latest and greatest, gotta have it".

I get it, thats just how it works, for the folks with no spending limits. More power to ya.

I stopped oooing and ahhing several years ago. I don't want my house to look like that "abandoned train layout video".

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@Robprince posted:

There are  supposedly some available at https://www.activepowersports.com/ in California

but who knows if they are legit

A quick web search will reveal that they are a drop ship outfit.   Meaning they don't carry any stock.  They rely on distributors to ship the product to you.   They will charge your credit card before shipping the item to you.    If the warehouses don't have the product, you then have to go back and forth with them to get a refund.    You could take a chance, just don't let it go beyond the time that you can dispute the sale with you credit card.

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@Robprince posted:

There are  supposedly some available at https://www.activepowersports.com/ in California

but who knows if they are legit

Results of a Google Search on is active powersports legit.  That should tell you all you need to know about them.  FWIW, years ago I tried to order an "Unobtainium" product from them, never did get it, finally went to the credit card company and yanked my money back.

  They will charge your credit card before shipping the item to you.    If the warehouses don't have the product, you then have to go back and forth with them to get a refund.    You could take a chance, just don't let it go beyond the time that you can dispute the sale with you credit card.

If you want to put one on your credit card. You can let me know when you get it and I'll pay you for it.

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