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« on: July 28, 2009 12:23:32 PM »

I'm pretty new to spinning - I can work a drop spindle decently well, and I've been taking lessons on the wheel.  I'm going to look at a wheel tonight, and it was too short of notice to bring anyone experienced with me, so I'm hoping you all can tell me what to look out for.

The seller is a woman from our local spinners' guild - she was selling two wheels and this was the one I was interested in:

1.  Louet S10 single-treadle with skeinwinder and 3 of the old 2-speed bobbins (I think ratios are 5.5 and 7.5:1).   There are no dings or chips.  Susan Conover [a local instructor] spun on this wheel last year and said it spun just like the new ones she sells.  These S10s are almost indestructible.  After I bought the wheel 3 years ago, I bought new accessories for it (in parenthesis are the retail prices):
 
new drive band
3 regular bobbins, ratios 5.5, 7.5 and 10:1 ($92.85)
high-speed spinning set (high-speed flyer and 3 high-speed fatcore bobbins)($249)
4-bobbin lazy kate ($110)


She's asking $250, which I know that for the wheel alone is a good price.  My biggest concern is she said she had to get it out of storage - I don't know if that means a hot storage unit block or a closet. Tongue 

I've been reading up, and I know I need to make sure all the parts are there and that the wheel doesn't wobble/isn't warped.  Anything else please?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009 01:18:18 PM »

Sit down at it and make sure the wheel runs true.  I expect it will because I've heard the S10 is virtually indestructable!

Is the price for the wheel, skeinwinder and 2 bobbins, or is she including the rest also??

You do know that Louet wheels have an Irish Tension (i.e. bobbin lead)??  Not bad, just different than wheels with Scotch or DD
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009 01:26:31 PM »

Cool, that's good to know.  I heard that the S10 is almost indestructable from the seller as well as one other place, but it's always good to hear it again. Smiley

Everything is included that I listed.  She has a Woolee winder that would probably be nice to get, but unless she's selling it for a quarter of it's original price, it's above my budget right now. Tongue

I actually tried an Ashford, but I've been learning on a Louet, so I think it will be fine.  You know what they say about beginners - you don't have preferences yet. ;P  I didn't notice a difference in the two machines that was related to anything but my skill level, but that's so low I don't think I would have noticed something if it hit me in the face. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009 05:34:48 AM »

LOL!

Enjoy your wheel then! 

The WooLee Winder is a wonderful addition.  I held off getting one for 6 years, but (thanks to an unexpected bonus check) I now have one for my Kromski and would love to have Nathan make one from my Traveller Jumbo.

If you have questions, please pop back in!
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