So, today I am comparing the LS-40 to the LS-32. Uh, well…
I’m really not seeing much of a difference. In fact, the measurements are exactly the same between the two sticks. You can put the LS-40 PCB into the LS-32 and vice versa. The actuators are the same. The spring holder almost the same. Same spring. Same micros. Same gate measurements and micros are mounted at the same distances, so the throw and engage is exactly the same. Can swap in mounting plates between them. The major difference is the pivots. Yep, a whole new stick just for a pivot.
The way the gates mount are different too, but with minor drilling you can put a LS-40 gate on a LS-32. For the LS-40, you can mount the LS-32 PCB and use the LS-40 gate. If you wanted, you could mount the LS-40 PCB on the LS-32 and cut off some mount stubs and then drill a small hole for the screws that mount the LS-40 gate.
The shafts are very different, but the actuator, pivot, spring flange, all been drilled to accommodate the extra girth (lol) of the shaft.
Pivot from the LS-32 is definitely a LS-56 pivot, but drilled to fit the larger diameter of the LS-32 shaft. One thing I noticed is that the LS-32 doesn’t seem as jumpy as I was expecting, and handles it a bit better than the LS-56. I don’t even know if I really feel a jump…
One thing. I look at the LS-32 and think how damn complicated it is. I don’t get it. It has all these doodads and screws everywhere. It’s like Tetsuya Nomura designed it, but instead of zippers and belts it’s screws and more screws. The LS-40 is a much simpler design concept and one I consider superior.
I don’t understand how sites like Slagcoin can post information that these sticks are really different and that the LS-40 is inferior quality. Also, Kowal’s site stating differences in throws and engages when the measurements are the same between the parts that affect those aspects of the stick. LS-32 is not using anything of higher quality than LS-40, and vice versa. I’m saying, these sticks are frankly equal and if someone complains about the performance of one vs another it’s placebo. The one thing the LS-40 can claim superior is a possibly better pivot design, although I’m not even sure of this now because the LS-32 pivot housing is much smaller which matches the LS-32’s pivot. Still, there could probably be improvements, probably.
Oh, I also have a JLW in my hands. WHAT A FINE ASS STICK!!! The machining quality is outrageous on this thing. The design is so simplistic and natural. I may have found yet another new favorite stick. It also feels pretty damn good out the box! Although, an Omron swap over the Zippy adds a little extra “quality” to it. I guess I’m just used to the feel of plate tension switches over springs. I may just say, stock stick? JLW. Then maybe LS-40/LS-32 (since there isn’t much difference) and then with mods who knows. Who knows! So many sticks, so many flavors!
Seriously, if anyone out there says they can’t find a stick they like, they’re smoking crack.