I don’t think I’d say the HRAP 2 SA is easy to find now…!
“Reasonably-priced” HRAP 2 SA’s will probably cost at least $150 used if not closer to $200 now.
As for the Agetec Dreamcast Arcade Stick, that’s more plentiful and $25 is a STEAL for that stick! They usually go for $60 in good condition although I’ve seen Japanese vendors selling them mint for $130 online.
I’m seconding what Chad said about the Agetec DC Stick mod. It IS an involved mod! I do believe it takes an excellent stick – probably the best pre-PS2 joystick I’ve played with – and turns into a top-level stick for current-gen systems with a PCB replacement. At the very least, replacing the buttons and joystick will make it more comfortable and allow more authentic playing experience with the DC ports of Capcom, Sega, SNK, and Tecmo fighters…
I just got done with Phase I of my mod (about a week ago – two-week job for modding with long stops!) which involved cutting down plastic to fit Sanwa buttons into the base and doing precision cutting and mounting of a Seimitsu LS-32-01 with self-clinching flush rivets. Before I got my Art Hong plexi, I also modded the original metal faceplate to allow the Sanwa buttons to fit through. If I had to do it again, I’d have gone with screw-in buttons but Sanwa is horribly deficient colorwise in that arena… You definitely have to Dremel (cutting head, circular) to mow down plastic to fit your Sanwas in snuggly. That’s something like 65-70% of the Dremel mod work there! The rest of the Dremeling is cutting one of the support columns by half to fit in the replacement joystick assembly. There are parts of this mod where sanding and precision filing and cutting is unavoidable; you just can’t use the Dremel to fine-tune the area to install the LS-32 or JLF you’d put in this Agetec base.
Fitting in a replacement PCB (likely MC Cthulu) or retaining the original Sega PCB for the Agetec isn’t a big deal… If you do keep the original PCB, don’t cut off the wiring or harness connects – that can all be reused and is compatible with Sanwa/Seimitsu hardware! Other than putting 0.110 QD’s on the existing wiring, the only thing I had to do was put in a terminal strip to interface between the original joystick wiring from the Agetec PCB and the Seimitsu wire harness. Very straightforward wiring/electrical work.
As I hinted earlier, I really don’t think I’m done modding this stick even though I have my artwork and plexi in place now. Besides a replacement PCB to make it multi-system (likely another MC Cthulu) I’ve got to sand and repaint the metal baseplate… during the Spring/early Summer when the weather permits painting. I tried this last month and unfortunately the paint job is not faring well. It was just too cold and too humid to paint!