USAF, I say get the spyder compact for 83 bucks, get a new barrel, expantion chamber, new dye stickie grips, and you will be in great shape! You can get that all for under 200 and still have money for paint/mask/tank...Whatever.
As for the teardrop...
As of a few months ago, I used a teardrop on my spider Compact in tournaments and in back woods play. I loved it! Actually, my 32 degrees Vision Impulse came stock with a Teardrop, but then I realized that I was signing up for many tournaments and I asked what kind of paint they would use...Every owner said something different and all the paint was different boar size. So, I went and got the freak.
Listen, a barrel is one thing, but paint-barrel match is the best thing you can get. I don't care if it's a Boomstick or a Teardrop, if you find the right ball/barrel combo, it's king. There's where the freak comes in.
My gun is as follows now: 2002 Green 32 Degrees Vision Impulse with vert Max Flow(color matches the gun), full freak, Black Drop forward, dye stickies, tapeworm, WermStick trigger, Earth Derlin Bolt.
As for the freak I have the Teardrop front in green to match my gun, and a stainless steel back. It looks good, and I have all 8 inserts.
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.