We have the Namco thread and the Konami thread, but why not a Sega one???
Lets show some appreciation Gents… Whether it be an HSS, VSHG, or any other Sega Stick, lets show some love…
Heres my Freshly modded HSS-0130, currently has 2 DB25 Breakour boards with DB25 cables out the back to be run to Project Boxes.
Everything fit perfectly insode this stick with no modifications needed. This is without a Doubt, the best stick I have ever owned. I took out the stock Panel (Keeping it in case I ever decide to sell this masterpiece) and dropped in a spare Seimitsu Panel I had. This panel has LS32’s and Sanwa OSBF Buttons. This thing plays like a DREAM.
At least it’s pretty easy to put an LS-56-01 in there provided you don’t mind destroying the artwork, though it’ll be a little high since the HSS-0136 used a shorter shaft for the LS-56-01 than normal.
My favorite Sega controller – aside from the six-button digital (Japanese) Saturn pad – is the Agetec joystick.
Technically, it does have Sega hardware. The OEM PCB is Sega branded. The rest of the OEM equipment is fairly good for its vintage (circa 1999). The joystick is loose like the JLF and the buttons fall in between the Sanwa OBSX-30 and Seimitsu PS-14-P buttons in sensitivity. Pretty good for a joystick that does not have arcade parts!
I didn’t keep my Agetec in stock condition. I played with it a few times with the original PCB but with upgraded parts – LS-32-01 and six OBSF-30 buttons. After the break-in of those parts, I removed the original PCB and the new parts to dremel holes for Start, Select, and Home as well an RJ-45 adaptor. I painted the exterior off-white as well.
The revamped Agetec has a decidedly Macross theme with an Art Hong plexi replacement for the original metal plate and a plexi art for the VMU slot… I keep the original VMU holder and glued it in front of the original VMU slot.
The joystick mod is still as yet unfinished pending spare monies and ordering of new parts but the interior is planned out for the MC Cthulu and RJ-45 adapter when they’re bought and ready to bit fitted.
All in all, it was an involved mod but ended up being one of my favorite joystick cases… Thankfully, the 2.0 MC Cthulu firmware revision enables it to be used with the Dreamcast through a Saturn pad converter so I no longer need the original PCB.
I’ve got plans for a second Agetec conversion but they can wait until the money situation improves.