it is no secret that these gaming companies base their marketing strategies on minor technical differences in a given product line. Crown was all fussy with +/-5 differences on a whole range of grommets, and insisted a lot on this aspect while more important things were happening with a later special 307 version and a revised 303 version with 307 style silicone grommet (the new 309).
tester Hibal states on his website (page 709) that the initial stick for T7 cabs was a standard retail 307ST-60 ( and the 60A is for sure, it’s not a pre-february 2015 claim, his article is from end of july 2015)but that there is a new 307 version that is to appear in the -same- Tekken7cabs and following Tekken cabs this year, the “help me” 307 version.
Also, the next crown 309 is supposed to replace the 307 in Tekken cabs soon enough .
Phantomnaut already explained that the switch positioning in the 309 was reversed compared to the 307 (thus similar to 303 positioning).
There seems to be no difference with the 303 body apart from color: even the tabs securing the switches are the same , which is a downgrade from the 307 type of securing tabs (307 tabs have better design).
The 309 actuator is a white 303 type actuator but made of DELRIN and oversized 1mm compared to stock 303 and this will help a lot to reduce wear and enhance tightness of play compared to the flimsy material used previously.
309 grommet is made of silicone and supposedly an upgrade from the 307 type in terms of feel and execution according to reviews, thickness being oversized as well.
This time the stock 309 will already be a “helpme” version according to Hibal and others (hence a 303 “helpme” mod then…) ,
309’s main body seems to be just a 303 model, and is still suffering from post mold shrinking and warping, the photos speak for themsleves. I’m disappointed Santoku didn’t make any efforts for this part at all. It means some players will still need to find of make custom securing plates for the switches.
I wonder why they thickened the silicone grommet for the 309, perhaps under heavy use the 307 ones started to show some tearing or else it helps recenter better the shaft to neutral, or perhaps both, who knows.
interesting mods but is this enough to issue a new stick?
In a nutshell:
-307 “helpme” mod : standard 307 body + oversized 307 actuator made of machined white polymer (same material as 309 actuator=delrin?) + panasonic switches .
-309 ( already a “helpme” design in stock version) : 303 body in black+ upgraded thicker 307 style ST silicone grommet + 1mm oversized 303 type actuator made of delrin.
They could just sell the switches,grommets and actuators seperately like sanwa and seimitsu already do, people would be a hell of a lot more into crown products if parts could be purchased as seperate units.
EDIT: 307 helpme and 309 are not the same although being both “helpme” (whatever that means) .
309 is really a 303 that went through the “helpme” modding process.