TL;DR: The DDR X2 is working like a charm again, ya'll should visit it and play the living heck out of it before it breaks down again
After last month's semi-fiasco, Je Moeder n I figured it'd be a good time to check out the X2 again to see if the techs managed to get it back into a proper state since we reported the issues last time. To make sure things would go okay though, we figured it'd be a good idea to inquire a few days before the visit. We originally intended to ask the staff whether it'd be alright to perform maintenenance on the machine ourselves if no tech support turned out to be present during our visit. After a few exchanges of emails and phone calls, we were given the assurance that the pads had been looked at, but even if things turned out not right, there would still be tech support present to help us out on the spot. And man am I glad that he was there when we needed him, because we did, badly.
We arrived there around 14:00, together with Je Moeder and a friend of mine. As it turned out at first, P1 side seemed alright, but P2's up and down panel were misbehaving quite a lot. Together with the tech support, I helped pointing out the problematic sensors and had them replaced with new ones. Je Moeder eventually discovered a malfunction in one of P1's panels, and those were fixed too. So now, after a couple of sensor re-arrangements and replacements, both P1 and P2 are working completely without issues. No over-responsiveness, no ghosting, no sticking, it's mint! A rare sight to behold, I can assure you that.
It was about 15:00 when everything was done and the machine was truly ready to be played on. It was golden. With the X2 being my favourite DDR I've ever played on, it was an incredible experience to finally be able to play on it again without issues. The last time I could do this was way back in 2013. A huge gap of time and skill. And oh how it showed. After quickly going through the results photos I made today, I've managed to rack in at least 21 highscores @.@ I also happened to pass my first Lv.18 chart ever, and it was a sight-read to top it off (NGO on Challenge, it was a sort of lulzy request by someone on Youtube but I didn't expect to actually pass it. I didn't even know it was a Lv.18 untill today when I browsed to the song. What a horrible chart btw lmao).
Also tried a course for the first time, picked 'dj TAKA's lounge' which consisted of 6 songs. In the 2nd or 3rd stage an airhockey puck suddenly came crashing into the machine. I quickly glimpsed down out of surprise and saw it ended up right in the middle in front of the pads, on the platform that connects them to the machine. I was still in the middle of the song, when a ~1.5 sec break came. I impulsively crouched and picked up the puck, holding it in my left hand and reaching it towards the back as I got back up again and continued playing xD I just held it there behind me with a stretched arm while continuing my combo, and after roughly 7 seconds or so someone took it. That's not something I'll forget very soon LOL.
Cramp kicked in around the 4th stage at which point I was minimizing my movement as much as possible which worked surprisingly well thanks to the lack of thick brackets and the minimal level difference between the metal and the panel. I had about 5 hours of DDR behind me at that point so it wasn't surprising to see my legs finally giving in _(:3 」∠)_ couldn't move for a while after I finally made it to the end, but I recovered fairly quickly xd
Eventually, after spending our last tokens, we decided to call it a day. It was around 21:30 at that point. Yeah. 14:00 till 21:30. Longest session I've ever had probably lol (we had dinner and short breaks in that timespan though).