Originally Posted by scottyfox
As someone who has three, Next Gen TMs are fantastic, truly a joy. They are also a money pit. I went overseas to get work done (Eagle6 in the UK, great folk) because at the time the expertise and parts weren't there in Canada.
For the cost that you would have to drop if you can find one in Canada, plus battery upgrades, plus spring upgrade (most important), plus fixing the absolutely crap battery contacts on the SOPMOD with proper gold connectors... you start to stray (not right in but close) to PTW territory.
It's actually not that pricey I find nowadays... $700-800 bucks for the aeg, $15 battery adapter (edited: just checked, it's actually $30 bucks), regular lipos. 5 Mags about $150. Brand new PTW is still like $1600 range just for the PTW itself.
I admit my 416 is new enough I haven't had to swap for gold connectors yet though. I have purchased Lonex internal replacements just in case though (Around $150 ish including Lonex Gears), and gold connector set is about $40.
Have a TM Recce coming in tomorrow too, can't wait!