I love the look of the fully soldered pins . I want to try a mini-stick with four button membrane microswitches. I have seen this in the Hat switch of a PC joystick (CH Flightstick Pro, had two given to me by different people, try a second hand store) and it seems robust and no "dead-zone". I likely won't get around to it this year though. And your GC pad mod is brilliant, just need to find one with a broken analog stick for cheap .