I actually can't take direct credit for willfully purchasing my first ECoS with 100% understanding in what I was doing....Mine actually showed up on eBay, with a sellers address from Pennsylvania at an extremely good price. With all the many locomotive symbols/controls already programmed to mine as it arrived...
I believe it was a Salesman's Sample; and at the price I paid.
I simply couldn't say No.
I hand't seen this review until after my purchase and not yet appreciated it's value at $895 MSRP.
For, I had already owned and installed several LokSound Decoders.
Yet, I noticed an immediate upgrade to all my LokSound Decoders when matched to their Native (ECoS) Control Unit.
Here is a feature I know you will like...Quillable Horns.
No matter if you go Steam or Diesel or a combination of both...
Just a warning....
There is an International Flavor amongst ECoS Owners.
Not necessarily just American.
and at times, I go running for my High School and University German to begin to understand some of it's features.
However, I must say...
If you don't mind speaking with Great Model Railroading People from say Australia, France or even Russia....and Canada too.
The International Community of Model Railroaders who have found each other via the ECoS, are very helpful and wonderful people...
Such as the Crazy Russian...in Ohio.
AFTER, I purchased my first ECoS, I purchased a second one in my Home Town via a local European Specialist Train Store.
He is not there all the time and the shop also specializes in Fender and Gibson Guitar and Amplifier Repair, but they run an ECoS in their store as well.
Meaning, ESU and LokSound is not simply something they push at the customer with the greatest profit margin but they actually believe in the/their product.
With that said....I am also aware of many other USA Dealers who use an ECoS and LokSound as their personal DCC systems and perform brilliant installations.
I happen to believe these people do great installations of ESU Decoders....but they are not the only people who do.
Here's the thing...
I can't rightfully say I recognize what i was doing as I did it when it comes to the ECoS and ESU Decoders.....as a Top Hobby LokSound Decoder Installation in a Kato SD-90 showed up on eBay in questionable working condition at $75. When it arrived I simply put it on my N Scale Test Layout with the ECoS in Command and off it went.... Fully recognized and able to perform as in the video above in all matter of functions.
No, the previous owner ..Did not yet own an ECoS.
My second FEF-3 LokSound Decoder Installation although purchased second hand, I believe was a StremLineBackShop installation with a twist of the Big Boy Sound File. (My first FEF-3 with LokSound is a Kato Factory Install).
For me personally....?!?
>>> I am lucky to perform and complete a LokSound Installation in less than 12 hours.
Even on a Diesel...
...@ $30 Skilled Labor...Well you do the Math.
Don't tell no body..but when I find a MRC Drop in Decoder as for a Kato SD-90 for say $30 I buy it...and then laugh as the horn makes a sound like a duck.
An MRC Sound decoder takes me all of 5 minutes to install versus 12 hours.
I found myself purchasing ESU LokSound Decoders already installed in N Scale Units, from far away places such as Russia such as this very Amtrak Model.
Hope this helps, as I am still learning DCC and don't know everything....
Put a LokSound Decoder in one of these....?
I'm not going do it....I am still having thought issues and mindset challenges in just laying wide enough track to run it (30 inches or more)...
If I was to put a LokSound Decoder in it...
Well, this would mean, I had already installed a LokSound Decoder in everything else.