Copied from my post over at the PH thread:
I currently have an ikan/naki ps3 arcade stick. Its cheap and it works for me. The aesthetics arent offensive (well its plain black, what do you expect), has good weight and the plastic case doesnt feel (too) cheap.
I however want to feel what everyone keeps on raving about “quality” sticks and parts, but on the other hand, i dont think i can ever convince myself to shell out 8-10k (about $200) for a TE stick or whatnot.
So i figure, why not try a little DIY, I think it might come out cheaper (though ill have to buy the soldering iron and sucker for equipment and maybe some sort of filing tools).
Would it be advisable for me to replace the 8 stock buttons with OBSN-30s (screw in types) and the stick with the JLF-TP-8Y (green ftw)? I read here that its actually pretty easy to do with the ikan/naki case - file a bit here and there and slap em in. The trickiest part for me would most probably be having to change the PCB. Ill probably change it to the P100 ($2) USB controller PCB from a store heresince 1)It doesnt require separate drivers on the pc to work and 2)It supposedly works on the PS2/PS3 (just in case). Ive read around, and though I only have soldering experience from highschool workshops (from way back when), Im willing to try it out - it seems fun and it feels like it would be a bit of a small accomplishment.
So basically thats 8 buttons and the JLF stick from sanwa, with ems shipping it brings me to around 3k total ($60) (+1.3k ikan +100cdr, [and, well, the iron and wires and everything] gives me a 4.4k($91) stick with a good build and sanwa quality parts). Ill probably just use the stock start/select button it already has and I dont even know if ill bother with the r3/l3 buttons.
So thats 1 stick and 8 buttons total. Aside from tools (and wires) ill purchase locally, would I need to order anything else from akihabara? Itd be a waste if I forgot something and I had to pay for another shipping fee for a few missed parts.
Speaking about local purchases, do i need to purchase those so called quick disconnects? Are those necessary for the sanwa buttons? Can you even use those for daisy chaining the ground line? Ill probably get a soldering iron and some sand paper as well (i dont think Ill need an actual (dremel?) tool for the button slots since I read theyre only about .5 mm smaller than the sanwa 30mm)
What do you guys think and thanks in advance.