Need a new flasher
The hummingbirds are nice but if you have one you better hope that the knobs don't break off. That's a common gripe about them simply because the cost to fix them stings big time. If it doesn't break then good for you....if it does your under $400 flasher has now jumped to costing you well over $500.
I have an LX7 and use it enough in the winter to justify the cost....but I also run it on my boat and it's a great open water unit. Split the cost between the two seasons and it was a very reasonable solution. Snagged mine for under $600 new in the box.
You might want to look around and see if you can get your hands on an LX1 or LX3. Marcum introduced a new line of flashers (M-series) which replaces the mechanical LX line. Plenty of those in inventory at places who want to get rid of them in favor of the new ones. Heck, right now you can get your hands on an LX5 for under $400.
I sold my LX-5 last year and need something that is affordable and works well. I was thinking an Ice-45 as I want to stay under $400. I might use it 10 times a year so $700 for an LX-7 is out of the question. I like the big screen of the 45. Any suggestions? Thanks.
I also have an Ice 35 that I used all last year and absolutely love it. Cheapest 'flasher' only I could find, and the screen is much larger than most. Also very simple to use and the zoom works wonderfully.
Right now, I actually use a combo of the Ice 35 and a Humminbird 385c. I use the 385c for the map, with the LakeMaster chip since the contours and accuracy make finding spots very easy. It just isn't that great of a flasher and I fish a lot with a friend with a Marcum and the interference is so bad it's almost unusable (I've seen people be able to tune them to fix this, I haven't had any luck), so I just the Ice 35 once set-up.