So strange. I've never even seen an Encore! Are they actually a player where in your area?
If you're looking for something to put pressure on Scag though, how about the 36" Velke Hydro by Wright? 18HP FS600 Engine (Opposed to Kawi 451 on Exmark/Scag), Pull AND Electric Start, Electric Clutch, includes sweet integration lever for Sulkies, controls almost exactly like Scag, built at least as tough as Scag and much tougher than Exmark, list price right now around $4,300.