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IL Magnetic Joystick, Black Bat, Silver shaft

iL-A03551-K-M

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Black bat/silver shaft, switchable (4/8 way) joysticks with a magnetic centering mechanism produced by iL (Industrias Lorenzo) 

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The iL Magnetic Stick is a short throw magnetic centering joystick, popular in the schmups community for it's accurate, short through and Mame community for the ease of switching between 4 and 8 way action. 

 

This model is a black bat with silver shaft.

 

A little history:

 

iL was the original manufacturer for HAPP arcade parts. Once HAPP and SUZO merged into SUZO-HAPP, HAPP moved production of their arcade parts to SUZO's Chinese manucturing plants. This left iL to manufacture these parts with decades of history under their own brand. Today, it may be said that iL is the better known of the two Western parts manufacturers. This is mostly in part because cabinet builders seek iL parts out to maintain vintage standards and the higher quality over HAPP products.

 

Pros:

 

  • Snappy action and very short movements

 

  • Quick return to neutral

 

  • Long lasting and highly durable build quality

 

  • Easy wood panel mounting

 

  • Cherry microswitches that last up to 50 million inputs

 

  • Ease of 4/8 way switching

 

 

Cons:

 

  • No custom restriction gates

 

  • Can't be mounted in most mass produced arcade and fight stick panels

 

  • Bat tops can not be changed without purchasing a replacement shaft

 

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Crazy Christopher 11/04/2017

um, no.

So, I bought this stick both as someone searching for a new IL that can hold up to the old IL/HAPP Super I've still got from a decade ago.
Sadly, this isn't it. This stick is normally renowned for it's short throw. This is true, but I actually feel it's TOO short. It does not have a fluid feel at all. It honestly feels....like, the best way to explain it, is it feels "jolty". If harsh corners and an EXTREMELY snappy action is your thing, then this might be great. I'd advise anything else over this. The only saving grace is that It's okay in four-way mode, and that's the only reason I haven't tossed it into the lake. Even for a four-way configuration, I'd still say get a JLF.

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IL Magnetic Joystick, Black Bat, Silver shaft

IL Magnetic Joystick, Black Bat, Silver shaft

Black bat/silver shaft, switchable (4/8 way) joysticks with a magnetic centering mechanism produced by iL (Industrias Lorenzo) 

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