Any way to tell the difference between a Sanwa & Seimitsu balltop?


#1

And obviously, it’s not a bubbletop in question :smiley:

Just got an order from Lizard Lick for a set of yellow Seimitsu PS-14-GN buttons and a yellow Seimitsu LB-35 balltop. The problem is, they aren’t even remotely the same yellow. Not even a little. I understand color variations in plastics and all that, but these are dramatically different colors.

The buttons are clearly Seimitsu (that would be a hard one to screw up), but I’m wondering if perhaps I was sent a Sanwa balltop by mistake. Anyone know of an easy way to tell?


#2

Sanwa is the less flat.
Seimitsu is the more flat.


#3

Comparing the one I have to that, it’s definitely a Seimitsu. Crazy that the colors are that different. Even my wife noticed it when it was on the coffee table: “Why did you buy a different yellow for the buttons?”

Thanks, jdm!

feel free to close this thread


#4

Sanwa and Seimitsu blue are like that where the colors are completely different. The blue balltop matches the Seimitsu buttons much better. They’re a completely different hue. Leave it to a woman to point that out. That sounds like something I would hear after laboring for hours to get everything perfect.


#5

I find that in general the Sanwa colors seem to be more saturated – deeper shades than the Seimitsu’s.

Seimitsu colors definitely tend to look flatter and lighter than their Seimitsu counterparts. Same case with a lot of the Hori stock parts, too. Hori and Seimitsu shades seem to be closer than Hori and Sanwa shades.

I dunno… There are definitely things I like better between the companies. Sanwa reds definitely look better to me! On the other hand, the bubbletops and Pearl buttons look nice, too.


#6

Makes it tough when you’re trying to build an all Seimitsu stick that the colors don’t match. :slight_smile:


#7

Yeah I learned the hard way when I bought red seimitsu buttons and a red sanwa balltop.