I happened upon the great fortune to get a single-drive Ashford Traditional wheel at a wonderful price - without a scratch or a dent or even a bit of fading around the maker's mark, you'd swear it was brand new! As it turns out, a bit of research told me otherwise - it was made in the late 70s/early 80s. That being said, it needs a little bit of upgrading!
Since the flyer and bobbins are a bit ancient and not spinning so freely, I think that's the first thing I'd like to replace. I know that I'd love to get into plying and maybe fiddling with some moderately funky yarns, so I'd like to get a jumbo flyer eventually.
As a beginner who likely isn't going to be spinning flawless lace-weight any time soon, would it behoove me to go ahead and get the jumbo and perhaps get the standard later if I decide to make finer yarns, or should I definitely definitely start out with the standard? I wasn't sure if there was something about a jumbo flyer that was difficult or prohibitive to learning the ropes.
Thanks in advance for your advice!
I just got the Sliding Hook Jumbo Flyer from Paradise Fibers. I'm sorry I waited so long. I thought I would have to replace the maiden on my 70s Traddy to get a jumbo bobbin but the Sliding Hook Flyer needed only to have the bearing on one maiden replaced and it is only a screw. Not to mention, the standard bobbins fit on the Jumbo Flyer so I can still spin onto the standard bobbins and ply onto the jumbo. The SHF also comes with a bearing insert that allows the standard bobbin to be used as well. The increased number of whorls is a bit distracting but my drive band fits on the largest one. I haven't tried any of the other whorls yet. A few things I encountered were that the sliding hook took some getting used to and I took off the one on the other arm. It also seem a bit more noisy than my standard flyer. I'm trying to get used to the clacking where my standard flyer seemed a lot quieter. Overall, I would highly recommend upgrading to the Jumbo Sliding Hook Flyer for your single drive Traditional. Overall, I am quite pleased that Ashford has upgrades to their older models. What more can you ask for? Not every company wants to keep their older models in working order.Cara