Control Set 1
Got a package today with a set of controls that I ordered off of Ebay. I won't actually be using all of them, but whatever I'm not using I'll sell to work.
Opening and unpacking.
24 Pushbuttons - I won't be using the purple or orange most likely
Three 8-way joysticks - 2 Happ Ultimate and 1 Sanwa. I won't be using the Happs since my Dad will prefer ball tops as all his favorite games used them.
3" Happ Trackball and mount - I actually wont be using most of this either as I already got an Imperial/Betson trackball that has better bearings. I did swap out the ball itself because the Betson one was scratched up and this one is still shiny like new. The shafts on the Betson are a little worn but so are the shafts on this one and they're not interchangeable anyway.
Here's the Betson trackball from before I swapped the balls. You can see the scratches on it pretty clearly since it was a little dirty. I cleaned it up and it looked okay, but one side was discolored and it started looking dirty again very quickly due to the scratches.
An Oscar spinner - This is probably the main reason I went ahead and got this set. Arcade spinners are not cheap. This one was made by a guy who used to make some good affordable spinners, but he is no longer in business.
You can see here the optic wheel had a slight crack in it. I put a little superglue in the crack and on both sides of it, and it's hardly noticeable now. I also have two more in the spare trackball that I could use if needed.
IPAC4 and Opti-PAC - These are a great keyboard encoder and optical interface. I will probably not end up using these as they are more than I need and bigger than I want. I am planning on using a keyboard encoder called the Mini-Pac from the same company that has inputs for enough switches for controls for two players as well as one trackball and one spinner.
Edited by sadeter - 10/2/13 at 9:52pm