New LS-32 Will Replace Existing Model
Please note that the 2017 model of Seimitsu LS-32 will sell alongside the original LS-32 until its supply is exhausted. This represents the first stage of updates to the entire Seimitsu line, as the Panasonic microswitch is replaced with Omron. Please read below for details.
Seimitsu's LS-32-01 joystick has remained a main competitor to the Sanwa JLF series, and the standard among Versus City based arcade setups. This year, Seimitsu's iconic model has undergone a slight change, while striving to keep its functionality as intact as it most popular model is known and celebrated for. We introduce the Seimitsu New LS-32.
What is the New LS-32, and Why does it Exist?
Originally labeled the LS-300 when introduced at 2017 Japan Arcade Expo (JAEPO), Seimitsu changed the name to "New LS-32" in order to properly represent the minor update to its lever microswitch. This is not a functional upgrade, but rather designed to address an unexpected development in the industry. Earlier in the year Panasonic suddenly announced they would no longer manufacture the microswitches used in the Seimitsu LS-32 series joystick lever. This not only affects this model, but eventually the entire line of Seimitsu products that utilize their brand of microswitch.
Faced with this challenge, Seimitsu went to work on an alternative, collaborating with respected microswitch brand Omron to develop a replacement model. Their goal was to replicate the feel of their original Panasonic microswitch, which fans have grown to known and enjoy. After many months of testing, including sample models at FA with thanks to SRK's PresidentCamacho - an ardent technical fan of the Seimitsu line - this new model is now available.
Seimitsu retains LS-32 name you Know
It is helpful to know that the name previously advertised "LS-300" name is no longer used for this product. Seimitsu officially mentioned this via their website under "2017/07/03 カタログ掲載の「LS-300」についてのご案内":
Translated roughly to English:
Regarding LS-32 (LS-32-01) successor
Regarding the successor of LS-32 using Omron SW, which published "LS-300 (tentative name)" in the latest paper catalog.
Now LS-32 became a legit successor and there is no name change and we will sell it as "LS-32".
Current product (made by Panasonic) LS-32 inventory gone completely then start to sell in order to avoid confusion.
(We will notify when we will change etc., it's scheduled to be around August 2017 with the current situation.) [Note: USA/Western market has it before Japan market]
As a new product, "LS-300" has been partly announced but the name of "LS-300" will be abolished.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but please be forewarned.
Most importantly, Seimitsu has taken great strides to keep both look and feel of the original model.
Other Changes to 2017 Model
Seimitsu's goal was not to change the overall appearance of its original product. However, it performed some alterations to the bottom support plate and PCB to accomodate the Omron micro switch. Each are available separately for those who already own the LS-32 and would like to swap these parts. Please note that you must get the bottom support plate with the new PCB as the shape of the PCB won't fit the original bottom support plate.
SC Model: Black Shaft Cover
Until recently, Seimitsu's popular LS-32 did not offer a black shaft cover. Shaft covers for this model are not interchangeable with other products that have shaft covers, such as the LS-40 or LS-56. The LS-32-01-SC finally gives you the opportunity to get a black shaft cover for this model.
Bundle Control Accessories and Performance Mods
You have a number of accessories, maintenance products and performance mods that are compatible with the LS-32:
Compatible with TE Joystick replacement
The LS-32-01's S plate mount is compatible with the default mount in a MadCatz TE joystick. Upon removing the JLF, you will notice the default mounting bracket attached to the TE's metal underside contains screw holes on the outer-most area. You can use this to attach the LS-32-01. Please see the video further in the product page for a demonstration.
SS Mounting Plate, Free Balltop
All Seimitsu LS-32-01 joysticks now come with the SS mounting plate for easy installation into a Madcatz TE configuration. A black balltop is also included.
You can also purchase the following plates for the LS-32: