The bad news is that the price of microchips and other components has gone up significantly. As a result of that, both the Alpha and Bravo will increase in price per September 1st to $279.99 and Charlie will launch at $299.99.
Yep the Virpil pedals are excellent (but not cheap). Just a note of caution, they are BIG. Way too wide to fit into my GTTrack frame I’ve been setting up. Engineering is needed. Fortunately I’m an engineer with a workshop
Well, not actually any more expensive than the Honeycomb Charlie pedals posted here and I’ve been stunned to learn on these forums that apparently folks are paying the same Virpil asking price (or even more) for the Thrustmaster TFRP which is sick because I thought the mrrp for those was €100 or less.
Even sicker is that Virpil kit was available and shipping at regular price throughout the covid scalping epidemic.
I can accept 250,- or 300,- each for the Alpha and Bravo. They all have multiple axes, functions, buttons, switches etc.
But the pedals are just two axes. They are by far the most primitive. They only have to be rugged to take the punishment of being treaded on all the time.
I bought the TM TFRP for 80,- last year, and you can get them from amazon now for 89,90 (despite Christmas time and short chip supply). For me 150,- would be the absolute max. to pay for pedals.
I doubt the chip situation will factor into production of the Charlie anyway. Rudder pedals and even yokes and throttles aren’t graphics cards or automotive control units. Most of it is mechanical and electrical. IMHO that’s just an excuse to increase the price. After all they can afford to. Honeycomb products have been in short supply ever since the beginning and after over a year of that with new products being announced I can only assume the supply situation is deliberate to keep up demand. Well as long as they stay significantly cheaper than Virtual Fly or VR Insight they still are more or less alone on the market as long as Logitech still sells their 20 year old antiquities and TM focusses on airliner peripherals.