So when Randy first announced these with a starting price of about $47 I was like, yeah like I'm paying that much for a standard joystick, I don't think so.
But anyway, my quest (or obsession maybe) for the ultimate joystick has lead me to purchasing one.
first off, let me say that my wife was not thrilled when it came in the mail today. She asked what its for and when I explained it was going in Vertical Retrace, She didn't understand. That's probably because I just changed out the Sanwa JLW with a Crown stick about 3 weeks ago.
So anyway, Lets check this bad boy out:
This stick does really ooze quality. To me, a centering spring just doesn't feel as good as a rubber centering grommet like this stick has.
The reason I recently installed a Crown stick on my machine was due to it having a rubber centering grommet but the one on the Crown is much lighter than this one.
This stick feels great so far (uninstalled)
It's got a sleek logo sticker that will never be seen when mounted but nice touch anyway.
The plastic body is very constructed and clean of molding lines and all that. very firm.
I bought it with no restrictor and just the standard red ball as I will be installing my overpriced Sanwa Mesh Ball on it.
I'm thrilled to finally have a leaf switch stick like the good old days. Truthfully I don't mind micros as long as their light and not those horrid ones that come pre-installed on most Japanese sticks, but it is nice to have leafs. and these are nice quality. When I do come across leaf switches now a days, they're usually pretty old and beat. These are nice and tight but very responsive.They seem to be very well placed close to the actuator too.
Here you can see the rubber centering grommet tucked in its mounting hole and held down with 4 screws. Its tight but not annoyingly. in time we'll see how it breaks in.
The plate that the switches mount to is a different plastic than the rest of the body. It's a shiny black acrylic and completely firm with no flex. all cuts and corners are very clean.
Here you can see the shaft is a little different. Its a good long shaft so it can be used with most depths of panels. I have a metal panel so I ordered preset for a this panel.
This is why it has that white spacer on the end. Its weird to not see an e-clip holding things together, instead it has an aircraft bolt.
The extra depth would not make this ideal for a low profile fight stick build but that's cool, I've got room under my cp.
I have this idea in my head for the future to mount some type of extra mounting plate spaced off the screws holding the switches so that its clear of the shafts movement and then have a 4 way restrictor thats pulled in when needed. I'm really not a fan of the square restrictors that are used on most sticks for 4-way / 8-way switchability and I'd love to have two of these on my panel but I can't go without a 4-way (especially with a vertical cab) so my Jlw on the right will stay for now.
I've got a busy weekend but I hope to get this stick mounted and then I can really test it and report some more.
I'm also hoping Randy will have replacement grommets available as I've seen what can happen to the ones in Wico sticks after many years.