- 27 Nov 2018
I didn't want to hijack @Anglican's thread so I opened a separate one here. I did look around for similar posts on the forum but found a few answers different answer but I wanted to get the community's thoughts on what is best for us. There is a promise from that I will edit this post with a summary of what I've learned make it easier for others in the future.
Following on for Jon's advise, I looked up the MTS (MZS) III system from Modell-Land - fortunately, I live in Berlin so that works well. On their site I found the Digital set MZS LGB 55106 + transformer 04112 + cable. If I understand correctly, if I get these set I would only need to get the decoders for the locos. . saw in another thread advise to not use the LGB decoders (but the thread was quite old). I can theoretically use any large scale decoder to get this working - is that correct?Yes, both MTS II and III are now obsolescent systems that are no longer made by LGB - BUT they will still work just fine for most purposes, and many, many people are still using them. As such, provided you can get a complete package as a second-hand purchase (power supply, central station plus one or more handsets with or without a wireless receiver module) then it will still give you a good few years of use at a very reasonable price. I would avoid the early "serial" MTS II systems, but a later "parallel" one is just fine (just make sure that ALL components of the system are parallel-enabled, either with a "P" suffix on their part numbers or a little black and white "P" sticker on the item); an MTS III setup is an even better option, as it allows the use of a Massoth Navigator as an alternative to the LGB handsets.
Provided you get a setup that is fully working and in good condition, it will provide a perfectly serviceable and relatively low cost entry into large scale DCC. You can even still buy brand-new "new-old-stock" MTS sets from the likes of Modell-Land in Germany.