I’ve always played with Happ sticks at the arcade, so I’m well used to knowing what kind of maneuverability I have with an arcade stick using that. My problem came when I knew Sanwa sticks some months ago: I was enthusiast about people saying it was the best stick all around and it was almost profane not to like all of it’s features.
Let me say, my style of play takes sensitivity a lot into account, and I usually go for anything that is most intuitive. Sanwa sticks are very precise, I’m comfortable in that aspect. But after knowing Sanwa’s buttons, which are very soft, and give you quick reaction times, I evaluate the Sanwa stick and it has a flaw that is contrary to the buttons: it’s shaft is pretty heavy (being made of steel and all). So heavy that I fail to press forward forward or back back to run/dash like 1 out of 4 times. I believe that with all the adequately well thought out features it has, parts well made and all, this and the noise are it’s only weakness, one that Happ doesn’t have. I’m well used to Happ and it’s shaft is actually lighter to move, I never had this problem with them.
You will realize from this, that not only forward or back are affected. For me the pressure you need to apply is excessive. When you are in the middle of an intense fight, with all your concentration put on the fight and metagame, you need your controls to be as intuitive and your commands as easy and safe to execute as possible concerning the equipment you play with. This area in Sanwa sticks is a flaw. I’m wondering, because I don’t know much about the subject, ¿are there replacements or alternatives to solve this?. ¿Should I try to adapt a Happ shaft to my Sanwa (is it possible?, ¿are there Sanwa options I can buy?, ¿custom mods?. I appreciate your opinions.