Originally Posted by DriverJ
Of the ones you listed, hands down the Etha.
Planet Eclipse has the best support of all of those companies, and really the Etha is one of the nicest entry level markers I've ever shot.
Now if you are talking for a first gun I'd ask how you plan to use it.
Rec Play? Tournament play? Start rec and move to tourney after a while?
I always recommend players start with a pump or mech when they first start playing if they plan to play tournaments or really want to work on skills. Playing with a pump really will help build your skills much more than starting with a mech, and there isn't really a whole lot that can go wrong.
I lol'd got about a paragraph into your post, looked at your badges and everyone single one of them are basically PE Guns you own.
If you are looking to move up from an entry level mech, the Etha for sure. But IMHO I'd be a toss up between the DM8 and the Etha, I've never shot the Etha but looks smooth and the DM8 just shoots ropes all day.