SNCR was pretty fun. Art, do I have some feedback for you :rock:
Had an issue where screw-ins came unscrewed and fell out. I had some aggressive people playing on them (Valle BODIED FilipinoChamp’s Dhalsim with his Guy and FChamp beat Marn in two seperate FTxs (forgot how many matches). ShinJN explained why this happened, but I don’t exactly remember what he said (I do have a transcript of sorts, which I’ll get directly to Art). He basically said because the plexi is so smooth, screw-ins will NOT be able to hold securely and reliably; more friction is ideal. However, snap-ins will be perfectly fine. This doesn’t apply to all potential customers, but the possibility is definitely there (think PS-14KNs). A solution had to do with notching the panel so the screw-ins have something to hold onto… I’ll get Art the exact words ShinJN said, so check back or post up a question if it isn’t addressed in the next Art update.
In summary, though, most people said…
- For it’s size, it needs an appropriate weight. It was put this way; for the SE, the light weight is fine, because it’s a small stick. But for something larger, you want something more substantial.
- Customization potential is a HUGE draw. People have suggested the option for three buttons on the back panel (Start/Select/Guide), placing them in different places (eg, back left instead of back right), extra PCB mounting options and solutions, custom button layouts, support for American parts, etc. What people have said (and I agree) is that since it IS a DIY case that was made to be modular, being customizable to a very high degree should definitely be part of the product.
- More options CAN confuse customers, but some people suggested offering the case as it is now (with it’s current options) as a base option. Other, more complex configs (more height depth to accomodate American sticks, universal mounting, custom button layouts) could be available as a more expensive, custom option. Only issue I see is that production can be slowed down due to the custom nature of these orders, so you can charge a fair premium for this service.
- People really liked the look of the stick and explicitly told me so (Alex Valle liked it, FilipinoChamp liked it, MarkMan liked it, ShinJN liked it, James Chen liked it… on and on. And, of course, all the other people that asked and told me they liked it too :D)
- People really really liked the look of the stick (I knew it looked cool, but it got quite a few inquiries and curious looks :D).
You don’t know how many people asked me if I was Art Hong
Also, after having used it in tourney (on my lap), I can honestly say I didn’t really notice the weight difference too much. There were a few times where it felt different, but not noticably so. My combos were all hitting, I was able to plink, and everything felt fine (I swear I can successfully plink HK~MK a bit easier on Art’s case than my two TEs). Then again, do consider I am light on my stick. Valle expressed that it felt fine - just like a Japanese part equipped stock stick - but probably because it was so light, he felt like the stick “wasn’t there” and it felt a bit awkward at times. He didn’t seem to pull any punches on his joystick rotating and hard button presses, and it held up fine.
Regarding durability, it travelled in a very lightly padded backpack, cushioned between a few T shirts. It was packed in with quite a lot of stuff and it survived the trip to and from SNCR.
Other than some wiring issues (my own fault entirely), the stick worked great.
Looking forward to seeing your reply, Art! And check your inbox soon :tup: