So I have recently stumbled upon Sanwa’s history page, which contains a timeline and pictures of their parts produced over the span of 30 years. Not only did I found the JL-B 2/4/8-way joystick was their first (which I have bren scouring the Net to find info on), but they also have another joystick called the JL-1.
In summation, I want to find these ancient sticks and purchase them for personal ise.
I understand that there’s no chance in hell of finding second hand JL-B’s or JL-1’s in the U.S. or the entire North American sub-continent. So basically, I’ll have to deal with contacts within Japan, or possibly travel there as a last resort.
If anyone knows what panels the JL-B and JL-1 were commonly used, please give me a heads up.
And if anybody knows a English speaking arcade enthusiast in Japan who knows his parts, please PM some contact details and proof of voucher (so they don’t think I’m a random weirdo).