Isn’t there a sticky in this section about the general description of the available sticks and general cost range?
Anyway, for some reason Hori didn’t bother to catch up with the times when releasing the Fighting Stick V3/VX. They still retain the same problems as the previous line-up(soldiering, major grinding to fit a custom stick, etc) for a small light stick whereas Madcatz’s SE stick can be easily modded but you’re still stuck with a small light stick.
Once you get over the $100 mark, generally all the sticks in that range will play the same being that they should all be Sanwa parts standard along with the same button layout(Vewlix for anything recently) whereas older Hori Real Arcade Pro sticks are Sega Astro City button layout.
TE Stick: Standardized arcade stick. Yes Madcatz has had a history of poor products and quality control but ever since they’re released their SE/TE/Fightpad series of equipment, their level of detail and quality has made them quite reputable. You shouldn’t have any problem.
HRAP V series: The original brand in trust worthy sticks. Weighing slightly lighter than the TE stick(probably 2 inches wider than the TE stick, my Q3 is just about the width of a TE stick), I prefer the wider form factor along with all all the buttons and notches on the face of the stick as well as the Start button being slightly to the right of the buttons(hate the start and select buttons on the back of the stick). These are a lot less lightly to have problems when compared to TE sticks(IMO).
Qanba Q(2, 3, EX and EMP) series: Lesser known company from China pumping out some serious sticks. For almost the same price of the TE or HRAP stick, you get much more than them;
-Sanwa standard parts
-wood case(weight is preference, I like heavier sticks)
Til this day after frequently using different sticks, I prefer my Qanba Q3 and VLX. I had a SE and HRAP V3, I only needed 2 sticks so I sold the SE and HRAP V3.
Of course, if you had a means to trial the TE and HRAP stick I would tell you to do that and go with whichever you feel more comfortable with. I would personally go with a HRAP V3(if I could do it again, I would get the VX because it would be dual modded like my two other sticks and it’s cleaner and cheaper to dual mod along with the mic jack).