Where does an SE go for $70, anywhere?
Depending on how cheap you can get one, the SE + swapping out the buttons is arguably easily the best value for a good quality stick. Originally when it WAS $70, it was a poor value, but that isn’t the case anymore. I would say it’s not worth it unless you can find it for under $40.
Aside from it being rather small (which isn’t exactly a negative, it can be seen as a positive as well), it is a good case. Has a universal mounting bracket (not found some sticks that are even more expensive than it), room for internal modding, and a good button layout. It shares the same PCB with the more expensive TE, so that isn’t much of a problem either (although the reliability of madcatz PCBs in general can be called into question).
The only real issue with it as a case is the stupid bend it has, it makes it harder to apply any real visual mods, you are limited to just lamilabel. But as a functional stick, especially when modded, it is more than adequate.
This line of thinking is what makes the EXCELLENT TvC stick get overlooked. The parts in there are just as high quality as sanwa, but not exactly the same. But “it’s just a cheap SE don’t get it” mentality rules all. At least for people who know better, they can get cheap quality sticks when stores try to clear out stock of it due to lack of interest.