Check your PMs...
CaptJack is right. I went through three ecollars (Cls 70 (old style), Cls 70 (new style), Flyway Special) before I wound up with a Pro 500. But I have backups now if my 500 goes down for any reason plus I gave my Flyway to my son. For maintenance and hunting the Flyway is fine.
Actually I guess it was four previous ecollars. My first was a 70, I guess. It was a gold colored tube style with a pull out antenna. Not many remember those I bet.
You will spend it eventually and more... $325 for your first then $489 later. I always say if you think an expert is expensive try an amatuer.
I tried to go the cheap route and after a few months I ended up buying another collar, the Pro 100. Do your self a favor and buy the 500 or the 100. Not having to take your eye off the dog to pick what level of stim to use is too important to me. Timing with the collar is eveything!
I just purchased a reconditioned Tritronics Flyway 2 dog collar set up from Collarclinic.com, I like the tube style transmitter and I thought it was a great value for under $300 including shipping and 6 month warrantee. This is my first E-collar. I was considering the TT pro 200 or a Dogtra 2302. After seeing some posts I stongly considered the TT Flyway and TT 500. When I saw the reconditioned Flyway 2 dog offered at $279.00 I thought it was a "No Brainer". Please tell me I will not have buyers remorse in 6 months.
I used a Flyway Special for a long time before I went to the Pro 500. I think you will be happy with it.
The price for your pup and the price for a good quality collar, will be the cheapest part of owning and training a field trial or a good hunting dog.
Bite the bullet and go with the Pro 500.
The sport models lasted me about 1-2 years then started having serious problems that caused dog training problems, For Tritronics the Pro 500 is the one to buy. If you are going to hunt your dog the Dogtra 3500 might be a better choice as it can be used easily while in a jacket pocket.
The problem I had with the sport models was the level dial wearing out causing intermitent or no corections when pushing the button.
Just food for thought but I am a hunter only and would not have a tube style. I want the smallest transmitter possible. I understand for those that train for FT or multiple dogs that the tube is the way to go but not for hunting IMO. I use the Sportdog 1225 and really like it. However, I think TT is the way to go.
Like Kelly said, for hunting the Dogtra is the way to go...however, its features are comparable with the TT @ any level. Its all about personal preference. I personally have several Dogtra 3500's and for all the features they offer and the price as compared to a TT Pro, IMO, they cant be beat. I own several because of the number of dogs I run a day. If a battery gets low I simply pick up another freshly charged collar and continue on about my business...but I wouldn't buy 2 collars...a tube style for training and another for hunting if I only had one dog...i'd buy the Dogtra, use it for both, and take the savings ($369 for the 3500 vs $489 for the TT 500) and put it to good use else where. Again, personal preference.