Hey SRK. The time has come for me to get my stick built, because I must practice before I return to the scene in August. It’ll be good to be back, but god I’m gonna suck for a while.
Anyway, the issues I’m having with the design are these:
Metal Button Plates vs Wood: I don’t have the equipment to get one of these metal babies cut, but I’ve seen a lot of sticks not using them. What style of buttons should I use if I’m building on a wood and lexan surface? I plan to get Sanwas. From what I can see they’re screw-ins that just grip the surface, am I right? If so, I’ll need to limit my thickness.
Stick Model: I really haven’t completely decided on my stick. I really think I’m going to get a JLF, but I’m a bit worried about the lack of stiffness. How does it feel? Smooth, or loose like less-tight American sticks?
Wear: What’s the average time before failure you guys are seeing in the Sanwa parts? I know they last a good while, but I also know crap fails at our not-terribly-populated arcade on a weekly basis. Should I be expecting to replace things yearly, or can I expect them to last as long as my other controllers?