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Author Topic: New Product: Leaf-Pro™ Classic Arcade True-Leaf-Switch Joystick -GroovyGameGear  (Read 5863 times)

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Here's another often requested GroovyGameGear Exclusive that is available now! 

Features:

  • "Old-school", 8-way or short throw 4-way, real leaf joystick design.
  • Virtually silent, "click-free" switch operation.
  • Premium quality GroovyGameGear True-Leaf Pro™ switches with heavy gold plated contacts.
  • Switches can be fine-tuned by the user to provide desired sensitivity.
  • Very low profile - Requires less than 1.4" below the panel.
  • Dust washer included (not shown).

As usual, thanks to everyone for your continued support ;)

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« Last Edit: March 14, 2011, 05:41:05 am by RandyT »

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I really like the leaf switches on the buttons I got from GGG.  This looks interesting!

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Very nice!  Let me be the first to ask if you will have a 4-way restrictor option?

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Now this was what I was looking for in a 4-way.(Or switchable 4/8-way).

All you need now is an option for consumers to buy the leaf switches separately.  ;D

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I'm in for a true 4-way myself.
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Woooooooooo!!!!
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Whats the length on the joystick (suitable for robotron replacement)?
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Looks good. I will be looking forward to hearing more about it.

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Awesome! Leaf-stick joys are my absolute favorite, and I'm happy to see that this has such a low-pro!
What does it use for centering? A spring? Rubber grommet?

I'm really curious how this would feel playing the newer fighting games that people are using japanese parts for (jlf's).

Great stuff Randy!   :applaud:
« Last Edit: March 10, 2011, 02:37:05 am by opt2not »

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Very nice!  Let me be the first to ask if you will have a 4-way restrictor option?

Just got done prototyping a 4-way option.  It'll cost a bit more due to the extra part, and installation will require a washer on each bolt as a spacer, but it's going to doable.

Whats the length on the joystick (suitable for robotron replacement)?

2.5" to the top of the ball.  A little short for a real Robotron replacement, but it'll still play well.

What does it use for centering? A spring? Rubber grommet?

This one uses a spring.  Gives it a lighter action than a grommet would, and keeps the profile low.  But it's still firm enough and has a decent feel.


Thanks for all the positive comments!

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Now this was what I was looking for in a 4-way.(Or switchable 4/8-way).

All you need now is an option for consumers to buy the leaf switches separately.  ;D

Darren Harris
Staten Island, New York.

Actually I just realized that since the True-Leaf Pro™ switches are a "custom design", they probably wouldn't fit other buttons and joysticks without some hacking or an adaptor.

They only fit the CLASSX™ buttons and soon to be available Leaf Pro™ Classic Arcade True-Leaf-Switch Joystick.

Nevertheless, it's great someone is finally coming out with a leaf switch joystick again.

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Just got done prototyping a 4-way option.  It'll cost a bit more due to the extra part, and installation will require a washer on each bolt as a spacer, but it's going to doable.

So I assume no 4-way / 8-way switchable version planned?

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Is it safe to assume there will be color choices for the ball top?

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Son of a....

I *JUST* installed a True4 stick in my panel. I would've bought this instead.

EDIT:
Oh, wait, this is 8-way. Nevermind.

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Great! I need a 4 way for some games, and 2 two 8 ways for Robotron!  :angry:

But you better believe I'll be picking them up!  :applaud:

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Son of a....

I *JUST* installed a True4 stick in my panel. I would've bought this instead.

EDIT:
Oh, wait, this is 8-way. Nevermind.

I just bought a True4 myself but will be buying this one when the 4-way restrictor is available.  Oh well.

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Beautiful, Randy.  Very Exciting.  Can you disclose a price point yet?
+1 wondering about alternate colored balltop options.

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Beautiful, Randy.  Very Exciting.  Can you disclose a price point yet?
+1 wondering about alternate colored balltop options.

Unfortunately, red ball only in this incarnation.  The price is driven a bit by the higher cost of parts and the extra labor on these.  At the moment, it looks like $17.95 for the 8-way and another buck on top of that for the 4-way version.

*edit*

Modified the price to be lower after re-examining my costs.  This will be the final price.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2011, 11:56:42 pm by RandyT »

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Whats the length on the joystick (suitable for robotron replacement)?

+1 to that!!!!!

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I just spent the last couple of hours tuning the 4-way version of this.  You guys want a short throw with the 4-way, right?  This thing feels amazingly like a "pac" stick at the moment, sans the rubber grommet feel.

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Amazing. The price, too. Can other shafts and ball/bat tops be used?


(Incidentally, all these recent releases of products from you and Andy seem like one-upping each other on coolness - though I know that isn't either of yours' intentions.)
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Just added this item to the store.

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Randy,
Can you post the dimensions of the bolt holes for this Leaf-Pro joystick?  How big should the opening be on the control panel for the joystick to go through?  I didn't see these details on your web site? 

Also, how close will this joystick (with 4-way restrictor) be to the revered original Pacman 4-way leaf joystick?  What are the differences?  I've always wanted to put a Pacman original stick on my control panel but I have a wood control panel (and don't have an original joystick anyway).
Thanks,
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Randy,
Can you post the dimensions of the bolt holes for this Leaf-Pro joystick?  How big should the opening be on the control panel for the joystick to go through?  I didn't see these details on your web site? 

Also, how close will this joystick (with 4-way restrictor) be to the revered original Pacman 4-way leaf joystick?  What are the differences?  I've always wanted to put a Pacman original stick on my control panel but I have a wood control panel (and don't have an original joystick anyway).
Thanks,
Tim

Just so you know, Pacman also used a wood control panel and the joystick was top-mounted with a plate like this http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=443 and then wrapped in metal.

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I just picked up a Raiden II cab. It has the Happ american style joysticks which I don't really care for. I was thinking of upgrading to Seimitsu LS-32's like I've done in the past but I may give these a shot just for fun. Would these work well for shmups (i.e. short throw, capable of small precise movements)?
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Randy,
Can you post the dimensions of the bolt holes for this Leaf-Pro joystick?  How big should the opening be on the control panel for the joystick to go through?  I didn't see these details on your web site? 

Also, how close will this joystick (with 4-way restrictor) be to the revered original Pacman 4-way leaf joystick?  What are the differences?  I've always wanted to put a Pacman original stick on my control panel but I have a wood control panel (and don't have an original joystick anyway).
Thanks,
Tim

Just so you know, Pacman also used a wood control panel and the joystick was top-mounted with a plate like this http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=443 and then wrapped in metal.

Original Pac-man and Ms.Pac-man cabinets had metal control panels. But Pac-man also had wood attached underneath that was routed  out for the joystick.

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Can you post the dimensions of the bolt holes for this Leaf-Pro joystick?  How big should the opening be on the control panel for the joystick to go through?  I didn't see these details on your web site?  

The bolt pattern is a 60mm square.  3/4" hole should be plenty.  The 4-ways will need a washer or two as spacers on the bolts, or a little extra routing around the center, to accommodate the slightly higher restrictor.

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Also, how close will this joystick (with 4-way restrictor) be to the revered original Pacman 4-way leaf joystick?  What are the differences?  I've always wanted to put a Pacman original stick on my control panel but I have a wood control panel (and don't have an original joystick anyway).

The major difference is that the original used a rubber grommet.  This will give a joystick a very distinctive feel, and it's something that no spring centered joystick can fully mimic.  That being said, I've spent a few hours playtesting and I believe that these sticks in the 4-way configuration will provide an unparalleled experience for this type of game.  The ability to tune the switch actuation points is what puts it above any other current 4-way (or 8-way in 4-way mode) out there.  It has a short throw, and true 4-way operation, just like the original control, and it's very "fingertip control" friendly if that's your style.

I just picked up a Raiden II cab. It has the Happ american style joysticks which I don't really care for. I was thinking of upgrading to Seimitsu LS-32's like I've done in the past but I may give these a shot just for fun. Would these work well for shmups (i.e. short throw, capable of small precise movements)?

These will work great for shmups.

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sooo..... Anyone actually tried one yet? Impressions?

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Yeah Randys tried them. He said they work great  ;D

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So I'm guessing that's a negatory on using other shafts. (Ohhhhhh)
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Randy,
So the restrictor is attached to the top of the joystick?  Do you have a picture of the joystick with the restrictor installed?  Also, what are the outer dimensions of the joystick mounting plate? 
Thanks,
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It's been a while - has any one tried the Leaf/Pro yet?

Be seeing you,

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It's been a while - has any one tried the Leaf/Pro yet?

Be seeing you,

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I ordered one last week and it showed up today. I don't know when I'll have a chance to mount it to a panel for my modular CP and actually play with it. I ordered it with the 4 way restrictor. Just holding it in my hand and moving it, the throw feels incredibly short. And it feels like it rolls smoothly between the cardinals. I think this is going to be great for the "old school" 4 way games like Pacman.

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I have one mounted on a test panel I've been working on and I love it. I also have one of the 4-ways that tornado Terry sells and I am much happier with the feel of the leaf pro.

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Is it as stiff as a happ reunion?

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Look in Reviews; part of a line-up against other popular sticks.
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It's been a while - has any one tried the Leaf/Pro yet?

Be seeing you,

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I included the 4-way version of the Leaf-Pro in a comparative review here.  It works very well as a 4-way joystick.

Can't speak for the regular 8-way version, though.

  
 

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