I modded my buttons to silent them and the over all results are pretty good.
Sanwa pushbuttons and usually other brands have microswitches that click. The clicking of the switch is not that loud. It’s the plastic on plastic on the plunger and base that makes a loud snap when pressing them. Especially in intense battles.
The reason I did this mod is because the only time I get to play is when everyone is sleeping so having quite buttons are important. I know I can use a pad but it’s not the same.
There are two materials I found that work well for this mod. One is a foam sheet used for art and crafts or foam buttons (sticky on both sides) typically used for scrap books.
For using the foam sheets pop the plunger off and measure the inside of the base of the button and cut a circle in the sheet. Then cut a small circle in the circe so there’s a hole in the middle.
Drop the foam sheet inside the base of the button.
Put back the plugger. Notice the shorter throw in the button. It was reduce into half. I found that I like this because there’s very little dead zone to engage the button. With the buttons traveling less the fingers can move faster.
The buttons make a lot less noise in my opinion. The only problem is the noise when the button springs back up. There are tabs on the plunger that hit the side of the base of the button. It looks difficult to mod and the noise is not that bad so I’ll leave it as is. Maybe covering the cut out with tape will help dampen the sound.
Next I’ll post pictures using the foam buttons. This requires putting them the plunger of the microswitch.