if you could actually get the SA for 120 I think it would be worth the wait, but I have a feeling that the SA price in septemeber will be around the price its always been, 200+. What I did was buy a TE instead and I freaking love that thing, I recomend it to everyone that wants a stick, price is worht it IMO.
EDIT: as for your other question I read the Vewlix SFIV cabinet is pretty much a TE stick with 6 buttons, so by that I assume its a square gate on the joystick.
i was also considering the Madcatz TE but it seems like it is normal for that stick for some buttons to stop working from time to time with a connect and reconnect as a temporary fix… i’ve read user comments of it happening on both the PS3 and the xBox version… honestly, this is the only issue that is keeping me from going with that stick…
I’ve only heard of that issue with the Xbox360 version never with the PS3 version. Still its really rare and if it does happen the fix for it is to extend the cable all the way out of the cable compartment or to change the detachable cable that it has.
I own a PS3 Madcatz TE and its awesome, worth every penny. For a stock stick I feel its better then the normal HRAP 3 / HRAP EX Pro because it already comes with Sanwa buttons. Trust me, the stock Hori buttons are horrible and when they get dirty they stick and can be unresponsive.
Only thing I wish I did was get the XBox360 version as its a better investment overall since 1) its easier to dual mod and 2) it doesn’t have any compatibility problems that can be seen in the PS3 version.
But I, like yourself, bought the stick for playing on my PC with GGPO, 2DF and Street Fighter IV for PC. So I’m content with my purchase and I feel that you will be too if you decide to buy the TE.