I am new to this forum, and hope to be an active member for years to come.
I have a specific conundrum and hope that the experts on this forum will be able to give me some advice as to the best way to proceed.
So without further ado:
I originally started a hunt for an arcade stick for VF5 for PS3, back at launch.
I preordered a VSHG and was lucky enough to be one of the people that got their hands on one (verified OK by the M engraved by SEGA on the back). This stick has been a dream and has served me very well.
Fast forward to SF4 - I was of course eager to play this game with a high quality stick, but had a bit of concern about with mashing the hell out of my somewhat rare VSHG with repeated QCB/ QCF, etc. I feel that VF5 as a game is much easier on stick hardware.
So, I preordered the MadCatz TE Stick.
Finally, today (after Gamestop completely botched my pre-order) I got my hands on the TE. Looks pretty from outside the box.
I have read extensively the issues with the PCB that appear to be present on both the TE and the lower grade FightStick. I have restrained myself from opening the box in light of this information.
To the point:
**1. **I love my VSHG, and don’t want it to die, so my first question is: Do you guys feel that I am right in saying that it will incur additional wear and tear from its use in SF4? Am I just being paranoid? If this thing dies, are identical parts available through vendors? (i.e. LizardLick)
2. Do you think at this point, given the current manufacturing problems, that I am better off liquidating the FS TE on ebay for the ridiculous amounts of money they are going for? Or is this a reliable and worthwhile stick, even if I have to jump through a few hoops (warranty service, modding, whatever) to get it right?
3. If you recommend that I sell it, what could I get immediately that is comparable in terms of quality? I do really like the feel of the VSHG, so something similar is what I’m after.
Thanks in advance for your help.