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Old 05-01-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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wanting new wheel
I was at a fiber fest a couple weeks back and finally got to try my hand at various new wheels.

I've been spinning on wheels since 2002 and am very happy with the wheels I have but I have never had a selection of wheels to spin on to compare.

Susan McFarland (susansfibershop.com) had a wide variety of wheels available to test.
I was interested in Merlin Tree's HitchHiker (http://www.themerlintree.com/the_merlin_tree009.htm) since I will be traveling more for work. It had a different treadling because of the friction drive. But I think it will work well.

I tried a couple Louet models since I've heard such rave reviews from them, but I wasn't happy with the action of them. They seemed harder to treadle than my Ashford Traveler. bummer.

Majacraft Little Gem II was a nice wheel. Had great action and spun wonderfully, but the price tag (over $700) Ouch!

The Schact Matchless spun really nice in scotch tension, much easier than my Traveler, but I didn't like the way it spun with a double drive.
Then I sat downn at the Kromski Sonata, all I can say is WOW! I mean ! It treadled so easily and the fiber seemed to spin itself (I used roving I brought myself to spin on all the wheels).

Now I want one. Price tag is over $500, but I'm thinking if I sell my 70's era Ashford Traditional and my late 1700's Irish style saxony, I may have enough to buy it.
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:26 AM   #2
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well congrats on finding your dream wheel!

i 'd like to try out a bunch of different ones but it's too early for me to fall in love with another wheel.. heh

you may want to give ebay a try.. i saw a Kromski, not sure which model.. going for around 220.. and i just gave it quick glance but it seemed to be complete.

good luck with everything!
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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look around on line to see if you can get the wheel you want used. That is how I got my 70's model ashford traditional.
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Old 05-03-2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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All I can say is that I love, LOVE, love my Kromski (Minstrel.) I am a beginner and amaze even myself with the quality of yarn I am making. I had a chance to work on an Ashford Traveller recently and was so elated that I had made the choice to buy a Kromski; what a difference! The wheel comes directly from Poland, packed in Polish news papers and signed by the maker! It is a piece of art in my living room.

This is a pic of the first yarn I spun.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:00 PM   #5
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I've spun on a Traveller since 2002 and really, really love it. I didn't think I'd ever lust after another wheel, but that Sonata - yum!
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Old 05-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #6
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Callmesusan - that is some gorgeous first yarn!

A Sonata came up on ebay and a friend (who has my traditional) emailed me about it. I could have waited for the auction to end (2 days and 10 hours) but I knew someone would snipe it in the last few seconds, so ..... I opted on the buy it now for $500 (free shipping and a 72" niddy noddy)

She'll be here Thursday or Friday!!!
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i saw that wheel last night and was gonna tell you about it today.. heh.. glad to see you got one!
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yay!! Let us know how you like it.
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Woohoo!!! I am excited for you! (This from the one who sniped her Scholar, heh, heh). Can't wait to hear all about it and see your beautiful newly spun yarn.
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