[quote=“therobin, post: 7070848, member: 5182”
I think the stock JLF is just about the worse joystick ever made. And I played with a lot of sticks. But one thing it has going for it, is its high modability (moreso than seimitsus it seems to me).[/quote]
I don’t think the JLF is QUITE that bad but I certainly don’t care for the performance with older fighting games. (It’s the Happ/American parts that I DON’T care for… They were very uncomfortable to use back in the arcade days. The comfort and performance of the Japanese parts I’ve used has been far superior.) The recentering and switch activation were too slow for my likes. It still is fine for newer fighting games and Marvel Vs Capcom 2… However, I won’t even try to play Darkstalkers or SF Alpha with that joystick, period!
The advantage the Seimitsu joysticks have besides the shorter throw and faster recentering is with the gated microswitches. I think their switches activate a bit quicker and the gates have made it more comfortable for me to use the square gates on the Seimitsu brand joysticks. In fact, I stopped used circle gates on the LS-32 altogether and it’s been very comfortable for me. Of course, the way LS-series microswitches are made makes the LS-series even louder than the JLF…
The LS-32 is definitely the most modifiable Seimitsu joystick IMHO… It just has more accessories for it since it’s the most popular LS-series joystick out there. It’s also the joystick that’s worked out best for me as far as spring mods are concerned. Plenty of room for spring experimentation.
The first LS-32 I ever played opened my eyes… it’s just night and day between using a JLF and an LS-32. A lot of moves I had problems with were easier on the LS-32 and even in stock condition it had tighter tension than the JLF.
Second most modifiable LS-joystick would definitely be the LS-56/-58 series. LS-40 is just tough to mod because of the spring situation. I was hoping to maybe try a spring or two from Paradise Arcade on the next order I give them to see if it makes any difference. The spring would have to have tighter tension – there’s just no room with the LS-40 spring retainer to stack let alone screw springs together.