Thanks for the tip. My good buddy has already done some soldering in order to repair a CMS. Now we just need to look out for some suitably evil super microswitches, eh Steve ?
There are plenty of places on the net to look out for "suitably evil microswitches", but this link is a good starting point to browse (I've ordered from them before):http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/sear ... 4294957311
For the CMS, you should filter the search for "V4 housed" microswitches. Most sticks in general, including Japanese sticks, use "V3 housed" microswitches; it's just an international standard for the size of the switches for mounting...
Other important filters:
- Actuator type: Lever/ Short Lever.
- Terminal type: Solder.
Kostas mentioned earlier about the CMS microswitches having alignment problems. Usually when switches are mounted onto a PCB, they have some sort of guide/ pins to align them consistently and accurately, but on the CMS, they are mounted without these guides and only with solder to secure them. You need some patience to mount them accurately with solder.
On the positive side, this also allows you to mount them closer or further away from the shaft, so that you can vary the enage distances. The CMS already has a very short throw and engage (small deadzone), so you don't need to do any of that stuff shown in the video above to achieve the same result. Also be careful not to mount them too close, otherwise the shaft will start hitting the case of the switches. And don't burn the case with the soldering iron!
- Operating Force
: The stock switches are somewhere around 0.6 - 0.8N (Newtons) from my experimentations. Filter for something on the lower side for softer switches and the higher side, for harder switches...
: I'm not sure on this but you can always check with their technical support; but the smaller this number, the faster the switch. When I mention slow/ fast switch, I don't mean how early they engage, but as with all switches of this type, there is an inherent lag when the switch changes from an on/off state (due to their snap-action, mechanical mechanism)...
Hope this helps FWIW...
EDIT: Added "Lever/ Short Lever".