This joystick is a popular Japanese fighting stick. We use a custom S-plate to mount this joystick deep in the wood panel and hence give the correct ball height (it is designed for metal panel mounting).
It has a very light action so we tune it up with stiffer springs.
It comes as standard with a clip on gate. The gate can be removed and then re-configured from 4way diamond to 8way square, and clipped back on. The gate swap is tool-less and can be quite quick. We use the -01 version of the joystick with the switches mounted on a pcb rather than individual switches, so that switches don't fall out during gate swap.
Circle and Octagon gates are readily available for this joystick, and also we make our own shapes.
Choosing this joystick for eg a fighter panel gives you the option to swap the gate out for eg a diamond when you want to play your favourte 4way games, or an octagon for Scramble.
We stock the FLASH 1 optical PCB, this replaces the mechanical switches with optical interruptors, this device has it's dedicated fans, it also gives silent operation.