Well, after years with my X56 I’ve finally decided to try something higher-end.
Winwing just came out with a less pricey version of their massive pit units, the Orion. It’s comparable to the Warthog except it’s closer to the F/A-18 on the throttle side (and the stick is the Hornet’s, so it’s still different from a WH with the Hornet grip).
Shipping to me was $80 and the set was $500 right now (although they will increase to $650 at a later date). So not only was it in stock and NOT overpriced (like I think it’s $550+ for a WH now if you can even find one) but it was actually discounted.
The reviews I’ve seen so far indicate that this should work well for me as long as I don’t overuse that mark button that has actually been made into a hat (unlike the WH’s Hornet grip where it’s a button and there’s an extra wheel next to it) since some have reported it can feel flimsy and possibly pop off. I’ve been getting by with 3 hats on my X56 stick so I think I won’t need 4 on this one. Especially as the throttle has what looks to me to be a better layout than my X56 with those overlapping hats below the range knobs.