Your comment about Virpil seems a bit lonely here, majority praises it, I will give it a try, if it sucks I will send it back. I am getting used to x56 now, Warthog is not an option due to no yaw and I don't like using pedals. Will see in a month when it arrives.I went through multiple Saitek's and Logitecs but all were more or less short term investments. My recommendation (if money is not a big issue) is Thrustmaster Warthog.
Its sturdy as hell, feels great as its heavy and made of steel, even the buttons don't feel plasticy. I had no issues with it and I use it almost daily with multiple titles.
And imo - dont experiment with Virpil, I bought stick from them to use it with my Thrustmaster base and it was pretty poorly made, felt cheep in comparison and it broke almost instantly. Dont experiment, invest in long term setup from trusty manufacturer.