After much deliberation, I've decided to post this here to see if the right buyer is out there. For those not familiar with what this is exactly, here is a link:
Excerpt from the link:
"During the development of every new model there comes a stage when we are 90% happy with the design and modifications and want to start field testing. For obvious reasons it is virtually impossible to field test with anything that looks like a finished product, because paintball players are a canny bunch and would notice that what we were playing with was different from what we were currently selling.
So in order to test new parts or theories or designs we often create test mules, or hybrids. Hybrids are often older gun bodies modified to take newer parts.
And that is exactly what we have here.
These Ego9/10 Hybrids were the final stage of the development process of the Ego10 prior to going into production. Basically, every part of the gun is an Ego10, barring the external appearance of the body. They have the same external profile cuts to the body as the Ego10, even takes an Ego10 badge and an Ego10 cut Cure3+ bolt. They have the pressure release porting for the LPR and the body porting for the solenoid paths and the Torpedo are all very close to the Ego10ís final specification. They even have Ego10 boards with the new firmware and the larger, replaceable display module.
Only 20 of these Ego9/10 Hybrids were ever made. They were originally shipped all over the world to Beta testers to give feedback on prior to Ego10 production commencing. As such, they are very rare beasts. Some of the Hybrids stayed with their testers because they loved them so much, and some were returned to be replaced with full-fat Ego10s. Either way you would be extremely lucky to ever see 2 of these at the same field.
For the reasons mentioned above, the ones we are selling here are USED. They are not new and are not being sold as such. They have been played with in varying conditions around the world so will show signs of light wear and tear. Of course, on returning home the Eclipse HQ here in Manchester UK they were all stripped, inspected and re-built as part of the appraisal process, and if any changes have been made to the markers it is only to bring them up to the latest specification.
All 20 were anodized the same color combination which is Black with Blue parts. This gun is even more special with SUPER RARE blue grips."
TL;DR = This gun is 1 of 20 ever produced. Not a 1 of XX "rare" ano job. It's an Ego 10 disguised to resemble an Ego 9 so it has Cure 3+ bolt with Zick 2 Rammer. Has the big swooping Ego 9 trigger guard which I really like, but YMMV. This one came with an SL board.
Now that that's out of the way. The buyer I'm looking for has a lot of money in their pocket, is a collector of all things Planet Eclipse, and is interested in owning a piece of PE history... That person is not me (especially the first part). I bought this gun from a friend who wasn't actually sure what he had and neither was I. Upon researching, I discovered what it was. I bought it to be my primary/workhorse marker, but this gun deserves better than to get beat down by me (though I take ridiculous care of my equipment) and it deserves better than sitting in a gear bag as a back up.
Gun is in excellent condition, has brand new fresh grips installed, has been gone through top to bottom, and shoots absolute laser beams. TBH it shoots better than the gun I'm replacing it with, which is why I'd really love to hang on to it and why it's going to be very hard to part with.
If you are looking for some beater Ego to thrash on, THIS GUN IS NOT FOR YOU. I'm in no way in a hurry to sell this thing, so if you aren't serious about wanting to own this amazing gun, please don't waste your or my time. I doubt you'll see this gun pop up for sale very often in your lifetime. I've even seen a thread here of previous owner looking to buy one back or trade his newer Ego for one because he's never owned a better shooting gun.
I really have no earthly idea where to price this thing at, but let's say $475
(price lowered) and we'll go from there. Any questions, please ask. Thanks for looking!