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Eclipse Hp or High Perf Plus

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by dlh, Feb 17, 2017.


  1. dlh

    dlh Young Tutorling

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    The HP Plus is now $176 and the Eclipse HP is $143.
    Is there any reason not to go the extra $30 for the HP Plus? (it's $64 off while the Eclipse is $25 off)
    Thanks,
    Dave
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    Pick one, they are both great brushes. Nozzle wise the ecplise is a whole heap easier with the self centering nozzle. Appears the other difference is a handle pre set, not useful really.
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    dlh Young Tutorling

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    Thanks. Just the advice I needed. I now understand the advantages (in cleaning) of the drop in nozzle. With the threaded nozzle, there is one more thing to go wrong (strip). I think the eclipse it is.

    Dave
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    Looking at the difference you are about to be a happy man. They are a great brush! You can't go wrong with an eclipse.
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    DaveG Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Hmm, there are actually more differences than just the nozzle. The trigger/air valve is different between these two models. I personally feel the HP+ trigger is much nicer than the Eclipse :). For me, the choice would come down to what I mostly wanted to use the brush for. The Eclipse is a very good general purpose brush. It will throw a bunch of paint, and is also reasonably good for detail, once you get a good feel for it. The HP-C+ is also very nice, with it's main forte perhaps leaning a bit more towards detail work. The Eclipse will be more forgiving in regards to what paint you use, and reduction, the HP-C a bit more finicky... Not much, but some. Really, you can't go wrong with either one - The Eclipse is built like a tank. The HP-C a little more refined, and delicate :)

    I have an Eclipse, but the brush I use most often is actually a HP-B+ - just love that one. But, everyone is different ,and what suits your needs will be different than mine.
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    dlh Young Tutorling

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    Thanks for that too. I'm a beginner, just starting to collect tools, so "forgiving" is very attractive for now. Sounds like the Eclipse is a brush that I can always use, then, after some experience, choose another based on my preferences. Man, this sure is a helpful forum (and I read lots of 'em)!
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    That's a good approach. Having got a couple of other brushes now, the only thing I would change about my eclipse is a softer spring - the one you push down as first action. My micron has a soft spring and I like it a lot!
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    J000seph Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    I love Eclipse
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    Joe A Double Actioner

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    This is the exact same reasoning I had when I chose the Eclipse. I couldn't be happier and I think you'll feel the same!


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    Maple Art Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    Eclipse CS is an excellent choice! Easy to maintain the drop in nozzle is easy to clean and it will take you from newbie to expert and beyond :)
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    I feel you cant go wrong with an eclipse, all rounder (and you can get some really fine detail when you get to know each other) easy to clean/ less fiddly, reliable and hard wearing (as long as you don't play airbrush javelin, needle and nozzle are pretty tough in AB terms), great to learn on - but you wont outgrow it.

    When you decide to upgrade, I'm betting it will be more 'as well as' rather than 'instead of'. I now have a cm-c which is amazing, but I use it alongside the eclipse, IMO they are the perfect combo.
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    J000seph Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Micron & Eclipse is my favorite combo also :)
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