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Hi all.  I recently purchased the BN F7 AA Legacy set (2033250).  Some time ago I tried to post a question about your view of B units, but the thread vanished.  The B units for this set are quite expensive and I was hoping to know whether they are worth the expense.  I  also saw some comments about previous versions of the B units having protruding couplers.  Is that still an issue?  if anyone has any specific experience with the B units for this latest release it would be great to know their thoughts.

I am also interested in your thoughts on B units in general (i.e. how often do you actually run them).

Thank you.

Ben

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@banelson posted:

Thanks, that train looks great.  Does the super bass unit make a huge difference?  

Ben

@CAPPilot posted:

I don't think that is a SuperBase unit.  Ron is our ever present ambassador for battery power, and that is his battery installation in his B unit.  That is why he stated the B unit is required.

Correct CAPPilot.  These are MTH units.  The Lionel Superbases are cool however.  We heard one at Nicholas Smith.  My Son wants to get one for his Reading FA's.

I'm not sure it's worth the $400+ price tag.  There are other Bass options that are much more cost effective if you want to upgrade.

https://soundtraxx.com/accesso.../mega-bass-speakers/

Have Fun!

Ron

As far as powered units go, a B unit is no different than an A unit. It seems model railroaders have just mentally made them different and feel the price should be lower since they aren't as pretty. I have a TMCC super bass B unit which sounds fantastic. I'm sure with Legacy RS they're even better. I run prototypical consists so if the real thing had a B unit so will I. As for powered/ unpowered, generally 2 powered units are enough for my layout.

@Will Ebbert posted:

As far as powered units go, a B unit is no different than an A unit. It seems model railroaders have just mentally made them different and feel the price should be lower since they aren't as pretty. I have a TMCC super bass B unit which sounds fantastic. I'm sure with Legacy RS they're even better. I run prototypical consists so if the real thing had a B unit so will I. As for powered/ unpowered, generally 2 powered units are enough for my layout.

The actual and perceived difference includes the fact that A units include a cab (usually illuminated and with figures, sometimes with some degree of interior detail), along with operating headlights, number boards, and marker lights.  less detail and operating features tend to draw conclusions that the B unit price should be lower.

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