Dr, Heller, Parma has pulled this EC controller off the market about 6 months ago after so many of them failed and had to be credited since they could not be fixed. The CONCEPT behing the Parma EC was wrong and much was spent to fix it to no avail. Parma is now testing a completely new unit that should be on the market soon. In the meantime, it's PM City.
Get with it! :b
As far as using the "basic" $47.95 PM, this is what I personally use on our plastic track to drive anything from NC-1 to TSRF and Parma 16D's. I don't have any issues with it.
About 5 years ago when Andy began producing this controller line derived from the old Trinity unit, there WERE some issues b ut they were quickly resolved. Nowadays, there are no more reliable controllers than the PM on the market, period. While the Parma handles (ex-1960's Russkit) are probably easier on the hand, until their new electronic controller proves up to snuff, I have no hesitation. Also please consider that the Parma owners are personal friends, so I am not pulling any punches.
As far as using the "basic" $47.95 PM, this is what I personally use on our plastic track to drive anything...
I'll second that. I had to lightly sand one of my "basic" PM's wipers...otherwise smooth sailing on any car I choose to run from Ninco classic to Slot.it. I have four of these now, all with no problems.