Summary: Truly awesome stick. Prior to buying this stick, I only ever owned Hori RAP's, swapping in Sanwa parts. As such, this stick plays almost identically to my RAP's. Stick/button placement/spacing is very similar, so no worries there. So far I prefer this stick over my RAP's simply because the body isn't quite as thick, but it's not a huge deal. It's certainly worth noting how much easier it is to access the innards of this stick over a Hori RAP.