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« on: December 06, 2008 05:11:55 PM »

I've been spinning on an Ashford Elizabeth everyday for about 6 weeks, and I'm now considering buying my very own wheel.
There are a number of different wheels I've got my eye on.
I'm curious what everyone's dream wheel is, and why.

I know there are heaps of different variables (if you like to travel, beginner or pro, tension, posture, etc) so for you, personally, what's your favorite?
My fave seems to change every few days  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008 06:45:56 AM »

I've had my eye on a Kromski Sonata for a while. I love the fairy-tale look of Kromskis, and this one incorporates that lovely modern quality of portability. My parents have hinted that one may be a graduation present, so only a year and a half!
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008 07:17:15 AM »

i bought a kromski sonata at the moment and its a good spinning wheel, but the wheel that i really like is the majacraft of the other types, mainly because its smaller and the portablility and how large the oriface is comapred to the kromski sonata is on my wheel, that way i can spin things with felted beads or stuff without needing to bypass onto the hole that is on the top part; but the kromski sonata is good enough for now i guess, it gets the job done.
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008 06:02:13 PM »

my first wheel was an ashford traveller. i loved it and spun on it for a while, constantly lusting for other wheels!! then, i decided to take the plunge and buy a majacraft little gem II. WOW!!! what a difference, i never considered treadling my traveller to be difficult....  until i tried my little gem. what a difference! majacraft bobbins have a higher capacity and the two "flanges" at the end are equal in length, making the bobbins easier to fill to ABSOLUTE capacity!! it comes pre-finished so you don't have to worry about that, or worse, have to WAIT to spin on it until you can finish it and let it dry!! the orifice on the standard plastic bobbin will fit almost any type of yarn *find a pic on the net, it's a hard-to-explain triangle shape* and it's as easy to use as the wild flyer i bought to go with it!!

like most people, though, it's hard to make such a big decision for something so expensive and personal and if you're anything like me, you'll still lust after other types of wheels!!

and, i'm ashamed to say that i've only spun once or twice on my ashford traveller since i purchased my maja wheel. it feels terrible to admit that to other people!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008 08:04:55 PM »

i think you ment the delta orifice misfitknits, and i am extremly jealous, if i had the money or somehow gotten a majacraft, i would be amazed, my kromski sonata is ok now :p.."for now"
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2008 10:31:19 AM »

Right now I'm totally enthralled with my Majacraft Suzie Alpaca wheel ... right down to the cute little alpaca logo. It does everything I need, and I'm loving it.  If I had room, I'd probably spring for a Reeves-Schacht or Lendrum Production wheel; the accelerator head on the Majacraft gives me speed, but takes a harder treadling than the full size production wheels.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008 03:59:21 PM »

My dream wheel is the Majacraft Suzie. It will be forever until I can afford it, but I think it will be my final wheel, so it's worth saving and waiting for!
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2008 10:36:24 PM »

Honestly, I have never spun on any wheel except my Elizabeth.  I love her to pieces.  Spinning with it is exactly how I imagined.  I do, however, really want something more portable.  Something like a Hitchhiker or something that folds.  It is going to be ages before I can afford another wheel. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2008 12:28:38 PM »

My dream wheel is the Majacraft Rose.  I own a Louet Victoria right now, but am planning to sell it to finance my dream Smiley  My Victoria is great, it's smooth and easy to use.  But the Rose, it was love at first spin.  I always suspected it was the wheel I wanted, but wasn't able to try it until recently.

But honestly?  Just try as many wheels as you can!  I was lucky enough to try a few different wheels before buying my Victoria, and it was very good that I did!  I had such strong negative reactions to MOST of the wheels (I hated everything but the Victoria!)  that I would have been out of luck if I'd just bought something without trying it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2008 04:57:41 PM »

I like the looks of the Kromski Symphony.  Although the bobbin is small, I learned on a traditional-style wheel, and there is the option of switching from Scotch tensioning to double drive.  My Ashford Kiwi works just fine for now, so maybe one day in the distant future, I'll get another wheel.
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