Recently we had an unexpected visitor in Tech Talk, Mr. Happ himself stepped in to say a little word or two about a less reputable dealer:
Now, personally, I think he must be lurking among us a bit to pick out a random thread to clear his company’s name from a less reputable dealer. Considering he replied within the first 500 views of the thread, and in two days’ time, I feel that he may listen to our suggestions to the Happ brand. As a group of arcade enthusiasts, modders, joystick addicts, and many of us from the USA, I believe we’ve all got a little place in our heart for Happ products. After seeing his post in Tech Talk, many of us had a bit of a change in heart about the brand, and we now really would like to see it succeed.
As many of you know, the arcade market is shifting from the arcade to the home stick market, and even in the arcades that remain today, many of them operate on Japanese parts, simply because the cabinets are manufactured in Japan, and they are certainly the preferred parts among players.
Now, I’m not saying that Happ should make anything remotely different to be like Japanese parts, but rather, it should modify its ways to accommodate people without a bunch of tools to circumvent some of its design features which prevent it from being a simple “Drop in” modification.
One of the major factors is the size of the Happ stick itself, it’s just extremely large, requiring 3" of vertical height just to fit it in. A workaround has been devised, but it is quite difficult for many people. The details are available here: TUTORIAL- How to Mount a Happ Arcade Stick in a <3" case
Another contributing factor is the size of the buttons. They’re just simply too deep. One workaround in order to use the Happ-style microswitches with Japanese buttons has been done: Japanese Buttons with Cherry Switches
Again, this requires a bit more modding than the average player wants. They simply want drop-in replacements.
I don’t feel that the depth of the button should be too big of a deal anymore. We don’t need as much of the distance in Happ buttons that are provided. Since most of these buttons get placed under metal control panels anyways, the need for a deep screw-in button is almost non-existent.
Certainly, I feel that the goal should really be making everything fit in the TE. It is the most popular stick available, and certainly, getting Happ parts to work as drop-in replacements for that would certainly get them to be drop in replacements for almost any Japanese-formatted stick.
Joystick: Able to work with the standard 5-pin connector. Able to mount on Japanese Universal Mounting Brackets. Lower profile (Using the aforementioned mod gives it the clearance to fit the TE, but it cannot mount on the existing brackets).
As far as the joystick goes, this is quite a hefty list, I’m aware. As far as designing this goes, I’m open to suggestions.
**Buttons: **Lower profile. Need to be able to connect to .110" QDs. Need to fit 30mm holes.
Now, as far as lowering the profile goes, I feel that it shouldn’t be terribly difficult, because so much of the distance between the button and microswitch seems that it could be easily trimmed up.
Connecting to .110" QDs is a little outlandish, so here’s what I think. Simply make an “adapter” of sorts that has a .110" Male Quick Disconnect end and on the other side, a .187" female quick disconnect to plug into the mircoswitches.
For the conversion to 30mm? Well, I don’t feel that Happ buttons should actually change size. They’re American, and they’re gosh darn entitled to be 1 1/8" wide. However, I feel that Happ could implement a special Nut to screw in to cover the additional 2mm right below the panel, and then widening out below it to screw against the bottom of the panel. It’s only a little bit of extra distance, but the buttons will still cover up the holes no problem. I’ve actually seen an Astro City using Happ buttons, and I thought it a bit odd, but regardless, the buttons are wide enough at the rims to cover up the slightly larger hole.
And while I’m sure there are plenty of other great ideas, you’re more than welcome to share them. These are simply mine that I feel that will bring success to the brand. I hope we are once again able to capture the attention of Mr. Happ, and we certainly look forward to hearing from him again.