More a “have I done a dumb thing” than the more sensible “should I do this potentially dumb thing” style question here
I grabbed this stick -
which I understand is a branded Hori VX SA - not any particular choice of mine, just, the aussie dollar collapsing has made any non-~2011 era stick that was bought by a local store when the dollar was at USD$ parity very pricey. Plus, 10% off ebay coupon on it was nice. Only later found out some people apparently have problems getting this stick detected in windows, still I have enough different laptops/OSs around to throw it on something it’ll hopefully agree with.
Mainly intending to use it for digital input games PC - actually it was the fantastic new port of DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours on steam that got me to get a stick at all, but I’ve also got a long term MAME and other emu habit. But anyway - the idea is to use it for both shmups and fighting games as a general ‘arcade’ stick rather than a ‘fight’ stick.
I read some guides that basically seemed to suggest that the square restrictor and sanwa buttons were perhaps a matter of taste and people who use a stick for general emulation purposes and shmups could possibly be happier with an octagonal restrictor, shorter throw on the stick and the seimitsu style buttons.
With that in mind I picked up -
2lb Tension Spring for Sanwa JLF
Kowal 1mm Oversize Actuator for Sanwa JLF Series Joystick
Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Restrictor Gate
Sanwa LB-30N-CW Translucent Battop: Clear
Seimitsu PS-14-K 30mm Snap In Pushbutton: Smoke
from focusattack - not necessarily all to use at once immediately, just, so that I have the option of using them if I don’t really bond with the default stick so much.
As far as I know - the buttons should be easy enough to drop in and replace? But I’m wondering if I’ve messed up with the stick stuff. Does all this actually work on the stick that comes with the VX SA? I’m having a hard time tracking down what specific model of stick it is other than “sanwa” (at the time - I did not know this could mean several different kinds of sanwa stick) and Hori’s stick naming system seems to make it a pain to google that specific bit of info.