It’s just all preference. I had a SC2 stick and a HRAP. I did not the HRAP but liked the SC2 stick. But I am sure someone else here will have another opinion on that. The soul calibur 2, the hrap, or the hori 2 are all good choices if you want a j-stick. The Street Fighter AE is worth picking up and modding if you can get and find one.
Me personally I would get Soul Cal 2 (japanese version) or a Street Fighter AE.
The HRAP is nice… but man it is heavy and huge… and I had bad luck with it’s pcb. Maybe I just got a bad one, but I had to replace it.