Originally Posted by matiac
So an Art Tech Falcon 450 would be a bad choice up from a 4 channel (converted D.H. 9104)? Actually, right now it's a 3 channel, but I'm in the process of converting it to 4 ch. 2.4GHz, but right now I can fly it around with a pretty high degree of proficiency, hence the 2.4 swap...
All DH helis have a very high degree of self-stabilization and very limited movement authority. They are not good preparation for flying any CP heli. They are toys that allow you to have some fun, not learning tools. Buy a micro quad before attempting the transition. It will make things much less frustrating and costly.
Art Tech helis have never sold very well. They have a reputation for being heavy, complex and not very durable. They do seem to be improving regularly, but buying any heli that doesn't have much of a track record is always risky. In any case, its not something I'd recommend for your experience level.