Alden got the samples yesterday - yeah! And he didn't act like they sucked, so - Double Yeah! :grin: He did, however, give me lots more to consider before sending him a check...
Like, the 36" is impossible to ship - we'd have to travel, and either meet him halfway, or plan a vacation in CA. The main drawback here - if we go to CA, we *have* to visit Disney. The kids would mutiny if we didn't....and I'm not really sure I want to spend *that* kind of money...plus, hauling all the kids et al *to* CA isn't the problem; hauling the kids et al + a monster wheel home would be. (I guess I could strap the kids on top of the van.....huh. Must consider this...J/K!! :lol:)
Also, it doesn't really knock down - the legs and base do become "a pile o' sticks", but you still have a 36" drive wheel to contend with (how did he put it? Oh - "like hauling your own picnic table to the zoo") So.....I'm not planning on taking this wheel to demos, but you never know - it could forseeably happen. I need to expect it to go visiting at least once........:ponders:
Anyway, I fired back a few questions of my own: What's the wait list like now? 24 months? 36? (IOW, do I have time to plan a Disney vacation, or should I just forget it completely? :grin:) Can I get an extra flyer array for the 28", to make it more versatile? (Or even 2 extra....as long as the cost doesn't exceed the total for the 36", we're good) How difficult is the 28" to ship? (My 24" Norwegian was pretty easy - lots of boxes fit that size. The 30" antique has been a bit of a bugger...that is, *if* we follow UPS's packing guidelines :whistles innocently:) What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? :lol:
The shipping may be the deciding factor. I'm not to worried about outgrowing one of Alden's wheels - I haven't outgrown either of my other treadle wheels, after all, and they're 22" and 24" respectivly. (Remember, this is for "sale yarn" only, to get my mind in a production/perfection mode instead of my usual lounge-spinning, anything is good enough mode. It's just me.....that's why I have 3 saddles (and only 1 ridable horse at the moment) - 1 for shows only, 1 for serious schooling, and 1 for fun - trail rides, lazy riding down to the lake, etc. It helped both me and Dusty focus on the plan for each ride, instead of slacking off when we shouldn't)
So, lots to think about...
In other news, we dropped off our entries last night. At the last second, Himself decided to enter his model of the Alamo (J. did the cutting and fitting, he helped glue and paint it). They said sure, so....I didn't have to haul it home. :grin: They asked if I could demo tomorrow, but it's tax season, and I've already got next Friday off, so.....NEXT YEAR I will plan on taking that Friday off to demo (Promise, guys! I'll be there!) I've already got my baskets packed (roving/book/notebook/niddy/noste in 1, some samples in the other. Had to leave room for the entries to come home!)
I'll be at the Fair Grounds Saturday from about 10 AM to 4-ish PM, with....one of the AA's. I'm leaning towards the Norwegian, since it's what most people think of when they think "spinning wheel"...but we'll see. It's got the most bobbins (so I wouldn't have to stop, switch flyer arrays, and ply)...but....1 bobbin has some silk/merino on it, and I don't want to spin *that* in public, and I really don't want to wind off onto a storage bobbin yet - this bobbin's not full! (/whine). That's just an excuse....the Norwegian *is* smaller...so...yeah. :grin: (Bigger drive wheel, slightly larger footprint, but it's shorter, so the overall feeling is "small". It's actually pretty deceiving...:lol:)
Back to the 1120S.....fun, fun, fun.