DC arcade sticks take A LOT of work to mod especially if you don’t have a dremel. i’ve done one myself, so i’m speaking from experience.
and what are you talking about? Powerstick 2 layout isn’t anywhere near bad. it’s practically the same as the HFS2 layout, which is just like the Namco but with two more buttons on the left.
as you can see, you can cover the leftmost buttons with art. if you’re really dumb and can’t stop your hands from punching holes through the art+acetate, either print the art on thick paper/photo paper or get some acrylic and slap it on.
First Powerstick mod:
Second Powerstick mod:
and yes, i’m sure the button holes are smaller. they’re about the same size as the button holes on the DC Agetec, so it’ll take just as much work to widen them enough. AND you’ll have to drill a new stick hole for it. in case you didn’t notice, the stick on the Virtua Stick is placed MUCH lower than normal. take a look and you’ll see what i mean. it’s quite an abnormal placement IMO, and it’s very uncomfortable.
in any case, if there are no powersticks around, i don’t think there’s a better choice than the DC Agetec because at least it’s very good as is. just note that there’s a lot of work to be done in modding that thing.
if you can’t get a DC stick either, then i suggest you try to find other Horis. (HFS2s will probably be good sticks to Sanwa-mod.)