I think you’re dealing with an optical p360 stick which were overall pretty reliable, but I dealt with many happ comps ( the cheaper switch based happ) in mods and builds from '98 to '12 and there were a lot of problems with their performance even before people got hip to japanese parts and happ started doing the china thing. Time for my yearly post…
The actuator is textured, so it would rub the microswitches down over time leading to the feeling of bad diagonals and unresponsive motions in general. I’m not sure if this is exclusive to cherrys or happ actuators, but i never liked the return on omrons to see if they would help since the plastic looks stronger on those. JLF’s usually only have to worry about the pivot wearing down, but that takes forever and only affects the return to neutral. Eating a jump in on older games was a pretty obvious sign of bad diagonals and unfortunately fatal.
Even before the move to china parts (i only recall the change cuz of black actuators and shittier plastic) I noticed a problem with uneven distances between the actuator and the individual switches when left neutral. That meant wildly inconsistent diagonals and qcfs. I’m always curious to know how many revisions IL went thru on the comp throughout the years cuz i’ve seen so many little variations on what were seemingly all happ era IL’s all with weird variances on the neutral actuator to switch distances.
Recently i bought a blue IL branded comp stick and button set and there are minor to major problems. The biggest problem had the switches not resting flush with the plunger even when snapped in all the way leading to a weird moon shaped dead zone in the button. I read some posts way back in the day of people having inconsistent performance on different colored buttons and we just assumed it had something to do with the colorings effect on the plastic (not an expert so no idea how stupid that concept is). I’ve seen so many different cherry designs that I even wonder how much that has to do with the overall fit into their respective bases. I’m curious how much this impacted peoples performance when switching to japanese parts and possibly getting more consistent 3p/3k (a major issue with the current blue IL’s i have even with a ghetto fix).
I can’t say for sure but i think all these little variable problems in american cab parts (and various non happ parts i’ve dealt with) led to the overall opinion of american stuff being crap. You just didn’t have as much inconsistency with the first part japanese stuff, and happ didn’t advertise their stuff going to shit.
p.s. @Moonchilde : Deflection on medium spring is cool! I used to do MK2 teleports with the deflection of down to up in the arcades.