Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

As 2010 comes to a close, I want to thank everyone who has supported The Paintball Sphere through the year. We live in difficult times, where wallets are thinner than ever and we are replacing steak with hamburger, and in many cases, hamburger with Ramen.The playing population of paintball is down, tournaments and big games are experiencing smaller turnouts, and stores and fields are feeling the pressure of less people playing. 

It is because of this that good customers are more valuable to us than ever. You keep us alive. Make no mistake: every person that plays a game of paintball makes paintball breathe another breath. I found this game 20 years ago and have loved it for everything it is every day since then. The Paintball Sphere has allowed me to share my passion with players new and old for over a decade. It has not made me a millionaire, I assure you. At this time of year especially, Shana and I joke that The Paintball Sphere is like the Bailey Building and Loan, and I George Bailey, more than anything else. But it is a path I have chosen. And as Christmas has neared again, I wish for you and yours a most merry one, free from the dark mantle of fear and doubt that we often carry and resplendent in the light of hope and promise of a truly happy new year to come. 
Merry Christmas from Finn too! (arriving 12/28/10, if not sooner!)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


In what must be a cruel twist of fate, some dreg of humanity has driven into our store! The suspect ( name, face, and compact car unknown) smacked into opposite side from the last incident. The damage is not as severe, but is aggravating nonetheless. Merry Christmas to us :(

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday Specials

Come to The Paintball Sphere for our Black Friday Specials! Check out our earlier post for the awesome Empire/Invert/BT special and stop in for our unadvertised specials!

See you at 10am Friday!

The Axe has arrived!

We received our first Empire Axe marker today. Based off of the proven Invert Mini, the Axe has much more room for hand placement, a pretty nifty tool-less bolt removal system, Relay on/off ASA and a whole lot more! This is a lot of marker for $459.99. Come check it out and get in line for one- demand is huge, supply is considerably less so!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Paintball Sphere Holiday Hours

The Paintball Sphere will be observing the following hours for the upcoming holiday season:

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours:

Just like Shana makes!

  •  November 24 (Thanksgiving!) CLOSED
  •  November 25 10am to 8pm
  •  November 26 10am to 6pm

Christmas Week Hours:

  • December 20 12pm to 8pm
  • December 21 12pm to 8pm
  • December 22 12pm to 8pm
  • December 23 12pm to 8pm
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve) CLOSED
  • December 25 (Christmas Day) CLOSED
In addition to these hours, The Paintball Sphere will be open from 12pm to 8pm the week of December 13.

Thanksgiving Weekend Special!

Valid 11/25/10-11/29/10. In store purchase only.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Paintball Community Day 11/14/10

This is what happens when Sevy gets frustrated: a large gathering of serious players having a great time.
Dimension Paintball hosted the first Paintball Community Day on Sunday, seeing over 20 players in attendance. The purpose? Get people together to reestablish an actual paintball community, not just random play at random times. The day was a success and we hope that it marks the beginning of new life for paintball in the Youngstown area.

It's not just us!

I guess reckless French girls and their Ford Escorts are everywhere! Courtesy of  The Chive.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Paintball Sphere at PSP World Cup

Hello all! Just a quick word to let you all know that The Sphere will be at the PSP World Cup this week. Nick and Sevy will be burning/basking in the Florida sun while checking out all the latest and greatest on offer from the just about every company in paintball! We will also be attending the 2011 DYE tech class (Nick renewing his certificate, the little fella getting his first).We may even catch a few games! Even though we won't be in the store, The Sphere will be open during the week. The Paintball Sphere will be open the following hours during this week. From Monday, October 18 to Thursday, October 21, the normal hours of 2-8pm will be in effect. On Friday, October 22nd, The Sphere will be open from 2-6pm. Saturday, October 23 we will be open our normal hours of 10-4. Any marker or equipment received for repair at The Paintball Sphere after Wednesday the 20th will not be attended to until Monday, October 25.

If you have any requests or needs that can be filled only by someone who is present at the World Cup, feel free to call the shop or email one of us. We may be able to pack that new marker or gear in our luggage and put it in your hands by Monday!

PSP World Cup

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All 2011 Tank Covers (Empire)

I thought it might be wise to show you all the zE tank covers mentioned in the previous post. From left to right: Black, Splattered, and Static. Also available for special order is Ray, a red/pink fade color combination. These are very well made, durable, and easy to clean tank covers, all for only $19.99!


The Ego (11) has landed

Our first Ego 11 has arrived and it is very impressive! It's also already sold. Get in and order yours today as supply is limited and demand is not. Also pictured is one of the new Empire zE 2011 tank covers (no more white!- sorry Denny), available now at $19.99 in 3 colors/styles. Sevy sold separately.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Paintball Sphere Is Now On Foursquare

The Paintball Sphere is now an official location on, the social networking tool that gives you and your friends new ways of exploring your city. Using your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or other web enabled device, you can easily find out what your friends are doing, find new places to go and things to do, and get deals and specials while you're at it. Go to to sign up. Check in at The Paintball Sphere three times and you'll receive a free air fill - any size, any type.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

More Ego 11 details

Here are the Ego 11 colors and specs:

Ego11 Technical Specification

Following the trends in paintball and being able to react and respond to them in a way that benefits the player in a positive way is a difficult thing to achieve. Being able to provide a product that is all things to all men is even harder. Planet Eclipse have always prided itself on being able to react quickly, give the customer what they want, when they want it, and to give users the flexibility to have their marker just how they like it.

This philosophy has never been more evident 
than it is in the New Ego11.

Over the past 18 months you will have seen Planet Eclipse taking steps to help improve the “feel” of the marker during play, as well as to improve the ability of the markers to handle super brittle tournament paint. Controlling the speed of the bolt in any marker is the key to achieving improved feel, reduced sound signature, and more gentle handling of the paintball within the marker. The more gentle the acceleration and deceleration of the system, the smoother the marker feels.
But of course doing so does have its drawbacks. For example by slowing the cyclic speed of the marker, you also reduce the rate of fire. As with many things in life there is a trade off. As we look to improve the feel of the marker on one hand, we inhibit it in terms of outright speed on the other.

But what if you want your Ego to shoot fast like Egos used to shoot? If the marker is tuned for smoothness, how do you get the speed? What if you want to shoot 15bps but want it smooth? What if you only care about shooting 12bps because that’s all you can use with PSP rules but want it to be as smooth as possible? How can you cave all these things in one solitary marker?
Well until now, it just wasn’t possible without making major, time-consuming physical changes to the pneumatic system of the marker, or even re-machining parts to allow different dynamic characteristics of a marker. But not now. Not any more.

The Ego11 comes equipped with an industry first. A bespoke solenoid manufactured by MAC Valves USA that incorporates twin flow control devices. Etched into the side of the solenoid body is easy to make out the two incremented scales. Below the scales are two one-quarter turn Solenoid Flow Controls. These Solenoid Flow Controls, fitted with pointer and limit stops, can now be used to independently control both the forward and rearward speed of the Rammer. For the first time ever in a poppet marker the user can now tune the speed, feel and rate of fire of their own marker with a simple twist of an adjuster. In the time it takes you to turn off your tourney lock, the Ego11 can be switched from a high speed, max ROF, uncapped, free-for-all machine, into the softest, gentlest, smoothest shooting capped PSP poppet you have ever felt. Or how absolutely anything in between?! The analogue adjustment means infinite control of the speed of the bolt and rammer in either direction giving unprecedented influence over the dynamic characteristics of each marker. It looks like you really can have your cake and eat it with the Ego11.

But the solenoid is not the only place that has a complete overhaul. Take a look around the grip frame and there are several things that should jump out. Like the new POPS ASA.
POPS stands for Push On Purge System and is a completely new concept in On/Off/Purging ASAs. The idea is simple. Just push back on the front “Bonnet” section of the POPS and this depresses the pin in your tank, gasses up the marker, and then latched itself into place. Gassing up the marker takes a fraction of a second. Once gassed up the bonnet stays in position until the pushbutton on the side of the POPS bonnet is depressed, at which point the bonnet pops forward and the marker purges its air. Again, de-gassing takes a fraction of a second and very little effort. The new POPS also features, of course, T-Slot mounting to the frame, but this time with longer adjustment range than the previous Eclipse ASAs. It also hosts front porting for the first time on an Eclipse ASA, as well as new fittings that require Loctite or tape to seal in and can be removed quickly and easily with a hex key.
The new fitting takes air via the shortened macroline hose into a new angled swivel on the exceptional SL3 regulator which also comes with one of the new fittings.

The SL3 regulator should need little introduction at this point. It was first seen on the SLS from last season and then went on to appear on the Geo2. The SL3 reg retains all of the simplicity of the old Eclipse regulators, but also throws in a load of new features and even better performance. Notably the regulator has a new seal system that means the regulator seal can now be flipped or replaced if required, and is more durable to start with. No piston replacement needed with this new design. The regulator also performs far superiorly across a very wide range of input pressures. You can run HP or LP tank, flipping between the 2 without any effect on marker velocity. The benefit of this added stability is even more evident when it comes down to the game, where you can shoot the Ego11 at full velocity right down to the last 200-300psi in the tank. You can really squeeze every last bit of performance out of your system.

Those who are observant may also notice a new spacing between the SL3 reg and the grip frame. The inclusion of the new solenoid has given the Ego11 the opportunity to spread its stance a little. The frame has been moved backwards allowing more room between the front regulator and the trigger guard. Just enough to add some additional support and control to the marker, but not enough to forsake the compact dimensions and sharp handling that Ego users have become so accustomed to.

The Ego11 has some other quite interesting changes to the ergonomics of the frame. The new frame profile along with, yet again, a higher grip position combine with an all-new grip that is actually sunk into the frame around most of its perimeter. These in turn with a brand new co-molded console that runs all the way up the back of the frame to add comfort and grip. Slimmer in the middle section of the grips, and with grippy rubber running down the back of the frame, the look and feel of the Ego11 is still fresh. Simple mechanical changes ensure that the grip screws clamp down firmly into place without the chance of crushing the grips or, more importantly, some delicate internal component.

Of course inside the frame there still lies the ubiquitous Eclipse circuit board, fitted with extra large tru-color backlit LCD module, sounding device, triple external pushbuttons, micro and opto sensing triggers, 16-bit processor and expansion port that allows connection to PC with the optional E-Portal2 kit. With all the adjustability and functionality you could ever need, the range of adjustment on the Ego11 is simply breathtaking. Refill counters, ROF indicators, timers, audible beeper, debounce presets, RF enabled, you name it, the Ego11 board will do it or support it. And when combined with the new direct acting solenoid, the prioritized drive circuitry will ensure that shot-to-shot consistency and rate of fire accuracy are the very best they can be.

Also inside the frame, and in charge of actuating the micro and opto switches on the board, is a new trigger, with new bearing carrier, and new spring system. The trigger has 5 points of adjustment. Forward travel, rearward travel, magnetic return strength, spring return strength and finally micro-switch actuation point. Designed in the ever-popular S-style, the trigger has the smooth, slop-free action that has been the backbone of Eclipse markers for years. It’s wide range of adjustability and option of magnetic or spring return make it quick and easy to set up to any individuals liking without the need break the gun apart to get at adjusters. As with everything in an Eclipse marker, simplicity is key.

Internally the Ego11 boasts the Zick2 kit, the Cure3 bolt, the same adjustable LPR found on SLs as well as the LP protection vent that was found in the Ego10. All highly proven, tournament winning components.

And up front, you’ll find the new Shaft4 barrel in 14”, 0.689” bore configuration that has been receiving outstanding reviews since its launch on the Geo2 earlier this year. Re-designed for better efficiency and consistency, and ported for reduced sound signature, there really is no need to replace exceptional, stiff arbour honed, premium barrel.

Finally, the Ego11 comes packaged in a new zippered case, which includes in its contents a full hex key set, oil, barrel sock, full-color 84-page manual, and a comprehensive spares kit that includes regulator components, o-rings, detents, springs and screws.

The Ego11 has been developed and created with the soul intention of giving the modern player the things they most desire in a modern paintball marker. A smoother shot. A quieter sound signature. Outstanding Efficiency. Unparalleled reliability. Simplicity. Industry-Leading Customer Service. Ergonomics. And built-in User Adjustability and choice. All from a company that whatever the situation, whatever the occasion, will always have your back.
The Ego11. Born of the Player.

Eclipse Ego11 Features

Weight – 882g/1.94lb Including 14” Shaft4 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, OOPS
Length – 542mm Including 14” Shaft4 Barrel
Height – 211mm
Width – 27mm

Body – 6061-T6 Aluminium
Barrel – 6061-T6 Aluminium
Frame – 6061-T6 Aluminium
Feed – 6061-T6 Aluminium
Eye Covers – 6061-T6 Aluminium

Interface – 3 Pushbuttons On Frame, Tourney Lock on PCB
Display – Transflective LCD w/ Tru-Color Adjustable Backlite
Solenoid voltage – 5V
Processor voltage – 3V
Processor – 16-Bit 16MIPS
Power Supply – 1 x 9V (PP3) Battery
Interface – E-Portal Compatible

ASA Mount – T-Slot mounted adjustable rail with POPS (Push On Purge System)
Trigger Methods – Micro Switch and Break-Beam Opto-Switch
Trigger Mechanism – Leaf Spring and Magnetic Return
Trigger Pivot – Dual Instrument Ball Race Units Mounted in Bearing Carrier
Barrel – 2-Piece Micro Honed Shaft4 14” length 0.689” Bore
Feed Tube – Lever Operated Clamping Feed with Sprocket Thumb Wheel

Operating Principle – Under and Over Poppet
Solenoid Type – Custom MAC Solenoid Valve
Drive Mechanism – Zick2 Rammer System
Bolt Mechanism – Cure3 Bolt

Grip Type – Contoured Dual Density Grip
Grip Pitch – 162mm

Firing Modes – Semi and Ramping Capped and Uncapped
Debounce Modes – 10 Debounce Modes

More Empire 2011!

We just received the new 2011 Kee Action Sports catalog! Come in and see all the new hotness- ZE Contact and LTD clothing, the Invert Axe marker, Empire Trracer pump (a new pump!), and lots more. Stop in and check it all out.
LTD Pants- Blast

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Empire ZE sneak peak

LTD Pants- Scratch

These look awesome! These are a sampling of the 2011 Empire soft goods product line. Enjoy the eye candy and remember to order from The Paintball Sphere when you have to have this great gear!
LTD Jersey- Circle

Ego 11

The first big news release for the 2011 season is here. I give you the Ego11! One pic only for now, but we should have full details and specs by the end of the week.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Come See Us!

Join us this Sunday, September 5 at Dimension Paintball's opening. Nick and Sevy will be there helping  celebrate the opening of the newest paintball field in our area.

A lot of work has gone into the field, the first field in a long time that features both woodsball and speedball style fields.

Play starts at 10am. Call us at the Sphere 330-965-9099 or Dimension Paintball 330-787-2544 for more info.We hope to see you there.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Planet Eclipse Service Center

That's right- The Paintball Sphere is now a Planet Eclipse Service Center. That means that anyone with any PE marker ever made can get it serviced, including all warranty work, right here at The Sphere! We are fully stocked with parts to fix your Ego, Etek, and Geo markers. The Paintball Sphere welcomes all Planet Eclipse owners who need their markers serviced to stop in or send them in to us.
The Paintball Sphere is also stocking the Planet Eclipse product line including the ultra-hot Etek3 marker in both the LT and AM configurations.