Recently I’ve been doing a lot of research on a replacement joystick for my Sanwa JLF. After visiting a local arcade and using a Seimitsu LS-32, I felt as if I was totally comfortable with it, moreso than my JLF. Yet, I have been searching various forums, including SRK, only to find mixed opinions on any Seimitsu joystick, sorta like a bias. It’s been clouding my purchase decision.
Essentially, I have decided that the JLF is not boding well for me at all after using an LS-32 in a cabinet. I am seeking a replacement joystick, but I do not know which to choose. I am currently deciding between the Seimitsu LS-32 and the LS-40 from my research gathered. I am seeking a joystick that has, out-of-the-box, a shorter throw distance and a bit more tension than the JLF, and my findings point towards those two joysticks. Yet, others say that the LS-32 and the LS-40 feel either completely different, or very much the same. I haven’t been able to find some neutral ground. I want enough tension to where I can perform clean inputs, but not jerk the stick in a direction just to get an input; the JLF feels way too sensitive to me; poking it gently with a finger is enough to throw it all the way in a certain direction.
My joystick grip is sliding the shaft between my pinkie and my ring finger, using the other four fingers to move the joystick while the pinkie stays planted, if the grip matters at all. I tend to ride the gate a lot, but not all the time. With this in mind, I have came across some information about the LS-32 and a “pivot issue”, which I don’t really know what that means. The joystick I used on the arcade cabinet felt fine, and judging from the age, I can bet that the joystick in the cab is more than a few years old. It makes me concerned about durability and such, but yet again, I can’t find any solid information.
I’m also trying to look up information regarding the other Seimitsu joysticks. I can’t really find any solid leads to piece together an impression on them. I’ve read this chart as well as this chart, but numbers can’t really determine whether or not a joystick is certainly right for me. So far, I’m leaning toward the LS-40, but I’ve also considered the LS-32, yet the “pivot issue” comes to mind if that becomes a potential problem down the road.
I’d appreciate any suggestions people can pitch to me, as well as any suggestions regarding the other Seimitsu joysticks and any others besides the LS-32 and the LS-40. Also, apologies for another thread like this if necessary; I’ve read many threads like this post, but I still couldn’t come to a conclusion.