Hi all, Just made a post in the new starter thread so I won't restate everything there, but my girlfriend and I have just recently plunged head first into the world of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. Probably within 2-3 days of buying the game from Xbox Live Marketplace, I ordered some used Hori EX2 sticks from ebay for the both of us (one plain one DOA4 version). Neither of us had ever used a stick on console and weren't sure we'd commit to making the switch, hence why I started out with some used sticks. For the price of one new regular xbox 360 controller, I'm not complaining. Now we both know that we just can't go back to using a controller, we're going to be looking to upgrade here in the future. I don't know THAT much about fight sticks besides from what I've read, and I have no experience using any. Sometimes with the ones I have -- I feel like every now and then the stick or the buttons won't respond to a random click here and there -- and I'm not sure whether that's just because it's a cheaper stick or because it was used. I like the EX2 model, but def have some complaints. It's a bit light feeling, not just the base but the stick itself, feels like it would break and wear fairly easily. Would prefer just a bit more spring in the stick. Slight annoyance that it's wired but it is what it is. Is it worth the $200 to get a Fighting Edge? Is the Fighting Edge the Fanatec of fight sticks? or would a Qanba Q1 or Hori Real Arcade Pro feel tighter and more responsive and nice enough that someone like me may not even notice the difference between these and a more expensive one? Also; I'm curious how most people hold the stick / position their right hand / map their buttons. I mapped my buttons so that going up and in a curve it goes GUARD (mapped to A) > PUNCH (mapped to B) > KICK (mapped to C), the way that it shows when you bring up the command display. All other buttons set to no use of course, who needs shortcuts. I'd buy a 3 button stick specific to Virtua Fighter if i could! When I first bought the stick I was hoping I could somehow match up the colors of guard punch and kick in the in-game command list with the colors of the buttons on my stick, but no such luck! lol First few days i was using the pointer on guard, middle on punch, ring on kick... But noticed a few personal problems with that style; I would sometimes press P+K+G when meaning to do just K+G, and I can't really move my ring finger that fast. So I re-learned how to do it with THUMB on guard, pointer on punch, and middle on kick... Working out better so far, aside from the occasional mistake due to my brain thinking I'm using the old style. Is this the way most people play? But anyway if someone could give me some input on what stick I should upgrade too -- Not looking to spend anymore than $150 to $200 at the very very most... But would consider spending that for a QUALITY product that will LAST! Should i probably stay away from used, even higher-end products?