There’s not a huge difference in size or weight between the two joysticks…
It comes down to whether you like a straighter button layout (Madcatz TE) or the Astrocade style (HRAP 3/SA). Do you like the Viewlix cabinet style (Mad Catz), or the Astrocade cabinet style (HRAP) better?
I’ve got both sticks and they feel the same to me. They should because they use the same arcade parts!
You could find them both on sale for around $90 late last year. Nowadays, the HRAP 3 SA is getting harder to find.
People will say the MadCatz TE is less reliable but most of us have not had huge problems with it.
For easier modding and availability of hardware (IF you live in North America), get the Mad Catz TE. It’s full arcade, made to be easier to mod, and generally on sale for $100 or less.
The vanilla (JLF-stick with Hori pushbuttons) HRAP 3 is usually $90 if you can find it.
HRAP 3 SA is a limited production joystick with full arcade parts but is generally harder to find now. It seems to be out-of-production and will probably be replaced in future production by the HRAP V3 SA. I don’t expect new HRAP 3 SA’s to be made later this year… I think it’s been discontinued by Hori. The V3 and its spin-offs are Hori’s future.