The Kromski Minstrel is a traditional Castle style wheel. The true definition of a Castle wheel is simply a wheel where the flyer, orifice and mother of all are located in direct position above the drive wheel in a tall, castle-like fashion. In this sense, many modern wheels are essentially... Read More
love this wheel! looks great, is quiet and smooth, and travels well. plus converts from double to single drive easily.
I got this wheel for the portability and the option to convert from double to single drive. I have to say it's a great wheel! It spins so smoothly and is as quiet as a mouse (unlike my antique saxony). I can even spin when my hubby and I are watching tv--and he doesn't complain about any noise. It spins great, it looks great and it travels great (with the optional wheeled travel bag is a plus) :)
Excellent, quick response, fast shipping!
This is my second wheel and a **** of an upgrade from my verging on antique Irish tension wheel. I never knew spinning could be so easy, smooth and such a dream! I don’t think I will ever be able to go back again! In all honesty though, it was a bit of work putting the minstrel together, but not rocket science and with the help of some YouTube videos definitely do-able. I do wish the instructions for assembly had been a bit more detailed and also included some tips and tricks on how to actually spin, I.e. being a double drive novice, it took me a while to figure out that the bobbbin needed to be flipped so that string goes over the tiny bobbin nubbin. I love the mahogany finish, the attached lazy Kate and the hole for the thread fetcher, everything neat and tidy (and OCD ready) making the minstrel not just functional, but also a stunning decoration piece. Also a huge thank you to the Paradise Fibers team who were so patient answering all my questions and providing frequent order/shipping updates.
Love it, it’s beautiful. I’m a beginner. Enclosed instructions were a challenge, but got through it with You Tube help. Have not yet begun using it, but will shortly.