False. It was only a threat as I apparently was posting nonsense.
The last two of Kyle’s links got tangled up somehow with the above one’s, so I’ll just re-post the one from ArcadeOtaku where FrancoB’s lovely LS-32 enhancer parts are showcased: http://forum.arcadeotaku.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16619&start=15
Franco has told me that he’s still looking into someone manufacturing these for him so he can get them “out there”. I’ve brought my prototype bits he was kind enough to send me to a shmup meet and it was love all around for these. For example: a worn LS-32 fitted with these feels like a brand new LS-32 only better still. It makes the un-modded LS-32 feel like a cheap knock-off in comparison. Still has the “Seimitsu dead zone wobble” though, so if you (like me) have OCD about your sticks and them moving about when not supposed to, the search for the Grail of sticks will go on. I still have to try the LS-40 and the LS-56, if only just to get to know them.
The SUZO 500 is still my prime choice for shmups, is easy to find (under different names, Euro-Stik, Omni-Stik etc), but has flaws:
The aesthetics is way off the norm for most “stick men”
The pivot piece is too small - can be fixed by using shrink tubing or an o-ring, otherwise the shaft won’t be perfectly centered
Microswitches aren’t held in place 100% - when you take it apart to mount it, they need tending to be perfectly centered
Big body, so won’t fit in most stick cases without modding
No custom parts worth buying for it is available from parts re-sellers (that I know of)
No 5-pin connector so will need a .187 connector harness if your stick base is made for Japanese brands
[*]The 500 model doesn’t have the 8-way “nudges” built into the Inductive model (they are excellent for this genre)
The throw is really short and the actuation is almost immediate, making those tiny quick movements needed for shmups much easier. The Inductive stick is even quicker to respond, but needs a +5V to operate, just like the SANWA Flash1 or Toodle’s SPARK PCB for the JLF.