But turning a knob feels nothing like running a real SD9 or GP7 (both had the round control stands, and this is 2nd gen EMD, although the controls are the same.)
The Protothrottle is open source, so you could make a round one Bob!
I am hoping the price drops over the next year or two as it seems a little steep the last time I looked into it…
A Protothrottle costs $482, plus you need to spend another $99 for the receiver that connects to your DCC system, so it will cost you $581 to add your first Protothrottle to an existing DCC system.
That’s not terribly more expensive than adding proprietary wireless throttles to a proprietary DCC system. For example, a wireless NCE ProCab costs $279.95 and you need a $189.95 wireless base station to connect it to a wired NCE system… so adding the first wireless Procab to a wired NCE system will normally cost $469.90.
Going with a Protothrottle costs $111 more than a Procab, but I think that’s a very reasonable premium for a throttle I can use with other DCC systems.