I had terrible luck the first time I spun on a spindle--couldn't do it. Then, I forked out the $35 for a Kundert spindle and was able to spin a pretty darn nice yarn. Still, I thought there must be a better way.
Without trying my hand at a single wheel, I bought a Kromski Minstrel because I liked the way it would look in my house. How could I judge the feel of different spinning wheels when I didn't know how to spin? At a fiber fest I saw bunches of Kromski Sonata's being toted around (travelers taking spinning classes.) I asked why they liked the Kromski over other wheels. Their answers must have been convincing, because I came home and bought one. Besides, Brooklyn Tweed
(8/01/07) had just gotten a Minstrel, and if it was good enough for him, I knew it would work for me. I wanted the wheel to be able to go with me in my car and the Minstrel does that very easily.
I love, love, LOVE it! I was able to spin a nice, knittable yarn on the first go.