ch user. before i used ch i used an x52 and one of its predecessors at a rate of one hotas every 1.5 years. then i bought a ch stick/throttle/pedals. ive yet to determine how long they will last (by the way i bought them 5 or 6 years ago). while the saitek sticks had some nice features and really sexy grips, they completely sucked at being durable (and im no stick banger either, i give the stick the finesse and grace it deserves and that which only comes from years of joysticking experience), and dont get me started about that ****ty single spring mechanism. ch on the other hand doesnt try to do anything fancy, its hat switches, buttons and axes and the stick software is the best ive seen.