Upper Echelon

The two brands that deserve to be part of this caliber are Hori and Qanba in that order. Hori has been consistent for a very long time, and it always produces high end arcade sticks with various specifications, such as platform compatibility, to cater to different tastes, artwork included. Qanba is also on par, but its production rate is slower.

Lower Echelon

Mayflash put out enough arcade sticks to be quite involved in the craft. In addition, Mad Catz held up pretty well despite its bankruptcy at one point. Its products can be mainly found with third party sellers. If you can overlook that fact, Mad Catz can bring a lot to the plate. While Razer is a legend in the industry, its couple of recent contributions have been often out of stock.