There’s been some talk on the forums that the HRAP 3 has been discontinued…
The HRAP 3 SA is a limited edition item so I’m NOT surprised that it’s hard-to-find/not longer available… It was a miracle it got an American release but that was over 8 months ago! The stick was incredibly easy to get cheaper (down to $90!) over the holiday season but it’s long over. Last time I saw it in stock with any dealer they wanted $350 for it which is ridiculous!
I think the Astrocade body/Astrocade layout of the HRAP 3 has been discontinued in favor of the HRAP V3 SA Viewlix style cabinet… Harder to find it, too, but not as hard as it is to get the SA version. Honestly, it’s so easy to swap out the buttons and install cap socket screws in the HRAP 3 that you might as well forget the SA version and just got a generic HRAP 3.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a non-SA (non-Sanwa pushbutton) version of the V3 SA in the near future but for the time being all the releases of the V3 SA (original black with red trim, Amazon.jp version, BlazBlue Continuum Shift) have had Sanwa buttons.
Hori is trying harder to compete with Mad Catz with the release of the V3 SA and its cousin on the XBox 360!
The VLX may be getting the lion’s share of attention now but the V3 SA seems to be the neew general Hori standard.