|Starting point for checking wheel ratios|
If the fraction is close to a whole number, I tend to round up because the math with whole numbers is so much easier. With my Minstrel, I know that the one whorl requires me to add an extra treadle every once in a while to make up for that difference or measure my drafting zone with a scant inch, instead of a full inch.
There are three whorl groves on the regular flyer. My count for this wheel was 6.5:1, 12:1, 14:1. I'll have to do some experimenting to see if that half rotation makes a difference to my spinning. If my drafting length is accurate it could be an issue. We'll have to see. As it is, my default ratio on the Minstrel is 8:1, for just general spinning. The Sonata misses that ratio on the regular flyer, so I'm going to have to make adjustments for that.
|Bamboo/Yak on the new Sonata|
For the DH, who mentioned that I neglected this in my Fibre Festival post - yes, a Sonata followed me home last weekend. I've been looking for a used one for over 18 months and haven't found one yet. All that time I've been saving for this. Finally I figured it was now or never, in order to get familiar enough with the wheel before level 6. There is a good chance I'll have to travel for my Master Spinner level 6 and neither of my other wheels will do that, certainly not by air. The smallest, which was my travel wheel doesn't have the versatility for the required spinning. Twice I've had to switch it out for the Minstrel when at locally held Master Spinner classes, which is a pain because it doesn't really fit in the little parcel area of the truck. It's just not as versatile a wheel as the others. The Sonata folds up into a backpack, has a 19in drive wheel and still weighs less than 12 lbs. It has 3 standard ratios and one can get both a jumbo flyer and a faster flyer for it if needed, which make a total of 9 different ratios from 5:1 - 18:1.
The last time I went to Olds, I used a rented wheel, which was fine, but I didn't have the control that I would want to have for a testing year. Could I afford it? Not really, but I tell myself that I really couldn't not to either. I'm extremely happy with it though. I can see selling off my Mazurka at some point in time because right now, I can't imagine using it much after this, as pretty a wheel as it is.