So I have been using old happ sticks, and perfect 360s since forever ( and since 7 years ago when I started to buy sticks to use in home consoles ). Then my last buy was another MAS stick like this one: http://www.arcadeshock.com/images/nologo_masdualpro_2.jpg
To my surprise the stick started malfunctioning after a year or so of regular use. Then I came here and did my research. I found that the old happ manufacturers where no longer in business, and now the new happ sticks were being made with crappy parts by a factory in china. I asked the guys from MAS systems and they said that they only carry happ parts ( the crappy ones ). Then I decided to UPGRADE my stick by buying the ultra famous madcatz TE sticks. It seems everybody is using one these days, with its original configuration, or by doing any sort of modifications on them. I know by experience that I suck at using asian sticks. They are just too loose for me and I constantly jump forward or backwards when I only tap left or right. Doing dp motions result in a 50% chance of my character jumping forward, so thats the main reason why I stopped going to the arcades. I got a ray of hope when sf4 and ssf4 had online access, and its netcode was godlike at times, so I just play there with my old school mas stick. Now I got an hour ago my round 2 TE stick … and even with the bat top attachment, I just cant play properly. I thought that maybe the bat top will give it a more americanized feel … not really. It helps a lil bit but when you are in a pressured situation and u need to react accordingly, it fails me.
Im going to put the ad on craigslist this week, and hopefully I will get most of my money back. Now I will just order an IL stick from lizard lick and get back that old school feeling of the original happs that most of us grew up using since we were kids.
LONG LIVE HAPP!!!11111l0000LLLLXDXDX
To each his own I guess.