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« on: September 12, 2006 02:37:18 PM »

I was originally asking for experiences with the Kromski Symphony wheel in this topic, but that changed when I searched for wheels on ebay as I do every day, and found this.  A beautiful, lightly used Ashford Elizabeth on eBay for $350.. finally putting an Ashford in my price range.  The auction had only an hour left, and I had only half an hour before I left for class, so I ended up grabbing it up.  In class, though, I started to wonder if I shouldn't have made such a hasty decision with something so important.  I've done my research on Kromski's, but hadn't focused much on Ashford's because I really never thought I'd be able to afford one.

Anyway, I have a couple of questions now.

Firstly, I'm guessing this is an Elizabeth 1, but I know now they only manufacture Elizabeth 2's.  Will the hi-speed kit they currently manufacture fit this wheel?  (EDIT:  I called the woolery who were very helpful with this question.  The lady there was unsure, but she took the time to make a few calls to find out and called me back immediately.  And guess what:  it fits!)

Secondly, have any of you used an Elizabeth?  What'd ya think?
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pansymouse
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2006 03:25:00 AM »

An Ashford Elizabeth is my dream wheel, people who have them tend to love them.  The only negative I've heard is that they don't like being moved so if you demonstrate or go to Guild meetings and the like you will need to have a travelling wheel. 

I currently have an Asford Traveller but want to trade it for a Lendrum or something with a centrally positioned flyer for the sake of my back.  I'm saving for an Elizabeth to use at home.  I want to become a two wheel household Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2006 06:18:00 AM »

I have had my Elizabeth II for 3 years. I got it just as they came out with the new model. I LOVE IT!!! I have traveled with it, but not a lot and have not had any problems. The only thing I noticed was that when I bought the jumbo unit for bulky yarns, I didn't like the way it felt so I put the regular size one back on. It didn't seem as smooth for some reason. Maybe it's just me...

It's also a beautiful wheel and since the only place I have to use it is in my living room, it looks nice just sitting there when I'm not spinning. I also have the spinning chair that goes with the Ashford wheels. I tried out several wheels before I got the E-II, but it just felt perfect as soon as I sat down. Good luck with it--I know you will love it! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2006 10:19:59 AM »

I have had my Elizabeth II for 3 years. I got it just as they came out with the new model. I LOVE IT!!! I have traveled with it, but not a lot and have not had any problems. The only thing I noticed was that when I bought the jumbo unit for bulky yarns, I didn't like the way it felt so I put the regular size one back on. It didn't seem as smooth for some reason. Maybe it's just me...

It's also a beautiful wheel and since the only place I have to use it is in my living room, it looks nice just sitting there when I'm not spinning. I also have the spinning chair that goes with the Ashford wheels. I tried out several wheels before I got the E-II, but it just felt perfect as soon as I sat down. Good luck with it--I know you will love it! Smiley

Thanks for your reassurance! Smiley  If I ever need to travel and just can't live without my spinning, I'll take along my Babe, and I'll probably wait a little bit before buying the jumbo unit and just use my Babe for extra bulky stuff until then.  But I am definitely ordering the hi-speed kit right away.  I'll feel a lot better once it arrives and I set it up and see that it's in "as new" condition like the seller says.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2006 12:29:07 AM »

Yipeee!!!!!  I got an Elizabeth II on eBay for 223 (about $500) yesterday with a jumbo flyer, lazy kate, loads of bobbins and a nice Border Leicester cross fleece thrown in.  I'm so excited, collected it last night and I just want to play with it today - can't wait to get work over with for the day and get back to my Lizzie.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2006 12:43:43 AM »

Yipeee!!!!!  I got an Elizabeth II on eBay for 223 (about $500) yesterday with a jumbo flyer, lazy kate, loads of bobbins and a nice Border Leicester cross fleece thrown in.  I'm so excited, collected it last night and I just want to play with it today - can't wait to get work over with for the day and get back to my Lizzie.

Sweet!  Mine unfortunately won't be here for a couple of weeks, but glad to share your excitement!
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